Nobel Peace Prize goes to two journalists
A journalist in the Philippines and a reporter in Russia have won the Nobel Peace Prize this year.
Maria Ressa is the co-founder of the digital news site Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov is the longtime editor of a Russian independent newspaper. NPR noted the Nobel Committee praised them for fighting for freedom of expression and holding power to account.
NPR reported that the committee singled out Ressa and Rappler for exposing what it called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's "murderous anti-drug campaign," which has cost many thousands of lives.
The committee also praised her for highlighting how political actors use social media to spread false information to manipulate public discussion.
The committee cited Muratov for his decades of work defending freedom of speech in Russia "under increasingly challenging conditions."
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.