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Reason in a world of lies

THE PEACE AWARD: Nobel Peace Prize is important enough that even the Kremlin felt compelled to praise the Nobel Peace Prize to Dmitri Muratov.

It is not often in our difficult times that a news headline warms the heart. The news that felt this way is that two brave journalists were awarded the Nobel Prize Peace PrizeMaria Ressa, head of the Philippine website Rappler.com, and Dmitri Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia's latest independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.

We have reviewed the documentary We Hold the Line (Modern Times Review / MODERN TIMES, April 2020). Director Marc Weise's film closely followed Maria Resa's truth-seeking fearless journalism for a year, in which she was tried to be prevented from doing so by President Rodrigo Duterte's murderous regime.

Ressa and her colleagues have been met with death threats and lawsuits. She is currently on bail pending the outcome of an appeal against a sentence of six years' imprisonment in a cyber libel lawsuit. She has now reacted enthusiastically to the attention the Nobel Prize is giving Rappler. about his work. On social media, she states: "This is a recognition of how difficult it is to be a journalist today, and how difficult it is to continue to do what we do… but also hopefully a recognition of how we should win. . .

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Nick Holdsworth
Holdsworth is a writer, journalist and filmmaker.
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