Nobel Peace Prize winners in Norway: “It is incredibly exciting to be here”

Asia's Tech News Daily

Nobel Peace Prize winners in Norway: “It is incredibly exciting to be here”

The two winners landed in the VIP section of Oslo Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

After a long period of uncertainty about Maria Ressa being allowed to travel to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, both she and co-winner Dmitry Muratov landed in Oslo.

“It is incredibly exciting to be here. It is very cold, but feels very warm,” said Ressa to the press at the airport.

She was wearing a face mask with the words “Journalism is not a crime” printed on.

Ressa: Harder and more dangerous to be a journalist

Ressa thanked the Philippine authorities for allowing her to travel to Norway. It was not until Friday that it became known that an appeals court in the Philippines approved her leave.

Ressa believes that it has become both more difficult and more dangerous to be a journalist.

“Authoritarian leaders and budding dictators want us to voluntarily give up our rights. But then we also give up the rights of the people we serve,” she said.

After the awarding of the Peace Prize became known, both international journalism and Filipino journalism have been highlighted, she said.

“This is for our people, said Ressa, who was per journalists in attendance clearly moved.

Nobel Peace Prize winners in Norway: “It is incredibly exciting to be here”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa meets the press at Oslo Airport Gardermoen after arriving in Norway on Wednesday afternoon. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

Muratov: A jam-packed schedule and Ressa on his front page

Muratov landed earlier on Wednesday, and he too stopped for a chat with the press.

He said he was horrified when he saw the packed program for the Nobel events.

“The last time my schedule was divided into minutes and seconds, was during the first service,” he joked.

He also paid tribute to his co-winner Ressa.

“People in the journalistic community have known Ressa long before she received the award. This decision by the Nobel Committee was fabulous,” he said.

Muratov brought with him a gift to Ressa – a copy of Novaya Gazeta, the newspaper he is the editor of, from when the Peace Prize was announced.

“Guess who’s on the front page? It’s a great portrait of Maria Ressa,” he said.

Duterte threatened Ressa

Ressa runs the news service Rappler. Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has stated that she can be killed and that he can do it himself. He said this in an interview with Ressa.

She has also been arrested several times, and in June 2020 she was found guilty of libel against a businessman.

This verdict has been used by the Philippine authorities to prevent her from traveling abroad.

Can become a «foreign agent»

Muratov is the editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the only major, independent, power-critical newspaper in Russia. He too is exposed to great pressure in his home country.

A few days after President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov congratulated the editor on the Peace Prize, the president himself announced that Muratov would not be shielded.

Most independent journalists in Russia have been branded as foreign agents by the authorities. The Novaya Gazeta editor has so far avoided ending up on this list.

Scaled-down ceremony

The Nobel circus kicks off later on Wednesday at 4 pm. The “peace bench”, designed by Snøhetta, will be unveiled in front of the Nobel Peace Center. After the unveiling, there are posts from, among others, Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Due to new infection control measures in Norway as a result of the omicron variant, the traditional press conference with the peace prize winners will only be held digitally. It happens on Thursday. The actual award ceremony will probably go as planned on Friday.

The Nobel Institute is in constant contact with the health authorities in Oslo.

In 2020, all celebrations were canceled, and last year’s peace prize will therefore also be awarded this week. It went to the World Food Program, and director David Beasley receives the award on behalf of the organization.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

Internet Explorer Channel Network
Asia's Tech News Daily
News Related

OTHER NEWS

NAV Oslo: Unemployment unchanged after corona relief

According to NAV Oslo, the easing of some of the infection control measures has had little effect on the unemployment figures. The figures are unchanged compared to last week. “The ... Read more »

National language institute to deploy AI for more objective Korean tests

Chang So-won, director general of the NIKL, speaks at a press conference held on her 100th day in the position at the Korea Press Center in central Seoul on Tuesday. ... Read more »

World's oldest man dies at 112 - Guinness World Records

He has died at the age of 112 Read more »

Meteorologists issue avalanche danger warnings for multiple places in the north and south of Norway

An avalanche danger warning has been issued for a number of places in Norway, from Finnmark to Møre og Romsdal, in the next few days. In the mountain areas in ... Read more »

Almost nine out of ten cars sold so far this year in Norway were electric

Two weeks into 2022, among the new passenger cars sold, nine out of ten are electric cars, sales of new passenger cars will decline, according to the Road Traffic Information ... Read more »

Two out of three Norwegian municipalities reported lower emissions in 2020

The greenhouse gas figures for 2020 show that Norwegian municipalities had lower emissions in the year characterized by the pandemic. The decline in travel contributed strongly to the lower emissions. ... Read more »

Nearly 70,000 fish escaped from fish farms in Norway last year

Just under 70,000 fish are reported to have escaped from Norwegian fish farms in 2021.  70,000 was a substantial increase from 2020, when just over 43,000 escaped fish were reported. ... Read more »

Kripos: Children and young people in Norway are increasingly sharing videos of abuse and violence

According to Kripos (the National Criminal Investigation Service), more and more “exposed accounts” are being created on social media, managed by children as young as 11 years old. The content ... Read more »

Russia calls for investigating indiscriminate deaths of women during conflicts — diplomat

According to Dmitry Polyansky, Russia considers it "inadmissible to turn a blind eye to such crimes or justify them by the inevitability of the so-called collateral losses" Read more »

Equinor fined 3 million kroner for oil platform accident

Two young Equinor employees were seriously injured when a gas bottle exploded on an oil platform in 2019. Equinor has now been fined NOK 3 million for the incident. The ... Read more »

WHO expects Russia to submit final data on Sputnik V in late January

While the process is ongoing, the details must remain confidential Read more »

Opinion: If Stoltenberg gets Norges Bank's top job, expect to see some blurred division of power in Norway

The admission by former Prime Minister and NATO head honcho, Jens Stoltenberg, that he had been contacted to apply for the role of the Governor of Norges Bank was met ... Read more »

Page of Russian delegation at Vienna talks blocked by mistake — Meta

Earlier, Facebook management limited access to the Russian delegation’s official page Read more »

Appeal hearing: Terrorist Breivik refuses to assume responsibility for the July 22 killings

Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik tried to convince Telemark District Court that he would no longer resort to violence if he were to be released. He expressed no remorse for the ... Read more »

Global tourism to recover in 2024 at the earliest — UNWTO

"The economic contribution of tourism in 2021 is estimated at $1.9 trillion, above the $1.6 trillion in 2020, but still well below the pre-pandemic value of $3.5 trillion," UNWTO said Read more »

DNB: Record high oil prices are good news for the Norwegian krone

The oil price is higher than it has been for over seven years, which is good news for the Norwegian krone. On Tuesday, the price of a barrel of North ... Read more »

Spasskaya Tower festival will be held on Red Square from August 26 to September 4

In 2021, 29 groups from five countries - Russia, Belarus, Greece, Mexico and Qatar - performed at the festival Read more »

Sweden is removing its test requirement from January 21 – travelers from Norway will have to use corona certificates

Sweden is removing its test requirement for travelers from next Friday. Travelers from the EU/EEA and the Nordic countries will instead be able to present a corona certificate at the ... Read more »

Parole case: Terrorist Breivik says he was brainwashed ten years ago

Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s parole case is being processed in court this week. In his explanation, Breivik stated that he was brainwashed in 2011. Parole hearing: Terrorist Breivik raises arm ... Read more »

Parole hearing: Terrorist Breivik raises arm in Nazi salute in court

Terrorist Anders Behring Breivik raised his arm in a Nazi salute when the judge entered the courtroom on Tuesday as his parole case was about to start.  Before the court ... Read more »

Herd immunity to COVID-19 in Russia standing at 63.9% — deputy PM

To date, 10,865,512 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 9,902,935 patients having recovered from the disease Read more »

School Student Union of Norway: Spring exams should be canceled

As was the case last year, the spring exams should be canceled, according to the School Student Union of Norway. “With a green level of preparedness in upper secondary school ... Read more »

Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing incident in Stavanger

A man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after another man was slightly injured in a stabbing incident in Stavanger on Tuesday night. The incident was reported to ... Read more »

Norway's Competition Authority: Foodora not allowed to enter into exclusive deals with restaurants

The food delivery service Foodora is not allowed to enter into exclusive agreements with restaurants, the Norwegian Competition Authority states in a decision. Foodora has been investigated by the Norwegian ... Read more »

Conservative Party joins the chorus in criticism of audience limit in Norway

The Conservative Party (H) has called for a new assessment of the government’s limitation of a 200 person audience. They have joined a chorus of criticism, mostly from the cultural ... Read more »

Stabilization program: Denmark is giving 220 million kroner to Ukraine

The government of Denmark is sending a monetary contribution of NOK 220 million to Ukraine to help the country deal with the consequences of the conflict in the east. The ... Read more »

COVID-19 incidence in Kazakhstan increases almost 20-fold over month, Health Minister says

According to Azhar Giniyat, 16 out of 17 Kazakh regions are currently in the red zone in terms of the rates of the spread of the infection Read more »

The ecological conditions in Norwegian mountain areas are good, new assessment shows

Researchers have assessed the ecological condition of the mountains in Norway. The grade? 0.68. The lower limit for the condition to be described as good is 0.6. “We ended up ... Read more »

In 2021, Norway registered its biggest trade surplus of all time

Norway exported a record high of NOK 1,377.8 billion in 2021, which contributed to the current trade surplus of NOK 531 billion. According to Statistics Norway, the high prices for ... Read more »

Update: 2,252,220 Norwegians have received the third dose of the corona vaccine

A total of 2,252,220 people have been vaccinated with the third dose of the corona vaccine in Norway, the FHI’s statistics show on Monday. Furthermore, 4,300,948 people received the first ... Read more »

Stjørdal: Two men in their 50s charged with using violence against a teenager

Two men in their 50s are accused of using violence against a teenage boy in Stjørdal in Trøndelag in October. The violent incident took place in the center of Stjørdal ... Read more »

Norway registered a 30-fold increase in the number of reinfections with corona after the omicron variant appeared in the country

Norway has registered a notable increase in the number of people who become corona infected for the second time since the omicron variant appeared in the country. In the first ... Read more »

Norway's FHI: The risk of hospitalization with omicron is estimated at 0.2%

The risk of hospitalization with omicron infection is estimated at 0.2 percent, according to the FHI. Almost all corona cases in Norway now are cases of the omicron variant, which ... Read more »

Erna Solberg confirms that she wants re-election as leader of Norway's Conservative Party

Conservative Party (H) leader Erna Solberg wants to continue leading her party. “The Conservatives have gotten off to a good start in the opposition and with the work that will ... Read more »

Blocking Russian delegation's page was act of censorship — Human Rights Council member

Facebook unblocked the Russian delegation’s page only on January 17 Read more »

Red level: Great danger of avalanches in Nord-Trøndelag and Helgeland

The risk of avalanches is raised to a red level for Nord-Trøndelag and Helgeland in Nordland. The danger warning applies from Tuesday, according to Varsom.no. The risk of avalanches is ... Read more »

Viber opens representative office in Russia under ‘localization' law

Earlier, it was reported that the company registered a personal account on the website of the Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media under the law "localization" law Read more »

Climate Minister Barth Eide: When it comes to the climate, Norwegian politicians have done a bad job across party lines

The current and previous climate ministers agree that Norwegian politicians have not done enough to combat the climate crisis. “We have done a far too bad a job… across party ... Read more »

Russian lower house drops bill on COVID-19 certificates — chairman

According to the suggested amendments, Russia’s adult population would be able to visit public places only with either a QR code confirming vaccination, a document certifying that a person had recovered from COVID-19, or a medical exemption from inoculation Read more »

Facebook provides no reason for blocking page of Russian delegation at Vienna talks

It is reported that the necessary administrative and technical preparations were made for slowing down the service’s operation in Russia Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic