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Dmitry Muratov
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    (October 30, 1961- )
    Born in Samara, Russia
    Reporter and editor for Komsomolskaya Pravda (1987-92)
    Founder and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta
    Co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2021)
    He was unsuccessful in his attempts at keeping Komsomolskaya Pravda from turning into a tabloid.
    When journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered, he initially wanted to shut down Novaya Gazeta: ‘The newspaper's journalists were categorically against this. They believed we would violate the memory of Anna Politkovskaya if we closed down... They convinced me.’
    He resigned as editor in chief (2017), declaring ‘Twenty-two years, that’s too much,’ only to return two years later.
    Mikhail Gorbachev donated part of his Nobel Peace Prize winnings so Novaya Gazeta could pay its reporters and buy computers.
    In addition to Politkovskaya, five other Novaya Gazeta reporters have either been murdered or died under mysterious circumstances.
    A funeral wreath and a severed goat’s head were left outside the newspaper’s offices with a note reading, ‘To Novaya Gazeta’s chief editor.’ (2018)
    The Christian Science Monitor wrote about Novaya Gazeta, ‘Its tough investigative journalism has been the most consistent and reliable source for those Russians who want to know about official corruption, political manipulations, and human rights abuses going on around them.’
    In addition to the Nobel Peace Prize, he has received the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (2007), the French Legion of Honor (2010), the Four Freedoms Award from the Roosevelt Institute (2010), and the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of News Publishers.

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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