Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were given the award “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia,” Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.
“At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions,” she added.
The prize is the first for journalists since the German Carl von Ossietzky won it in 1935 for revealing his country’s secret post-war rearmament programme.
“Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” Reiss-Andersen said.
Democrat owner/editor Bill Heaney, who has won the Scottish Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year award three times and was later a judge in that competition, said: “West Dunbartonshire and indeed Secret Scotland as a whole has become a democratic backwater under the SNP.
“It’s outrageous that Jonathan McColl and his SNP colleagues have done their best to gag our news platform which has since its inception had more than 500,000 visits from readers.”
He added: “We treat this SNP ban as a badge of honour for our trade and we are dismayed that Labour members of the council have accepted it without protest.”
The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.