Dmitry Muratov, winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, will speak on campus on Friday, September 9, 2022.
A Russian journalist who, as editor in chief of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Muratov was a vocal advocate for an independent press and known for investigating abuses of power. In 2021, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, cited for his “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.”
He co-founded the pro-democracy newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993 with
several other journalists and was the newspaper’s editor-in-chief from 1995 to 2017, again assuming this role in 2019. The newspaper is known for its reporting on governmental corruption and human rights violations. In the 2000’s, six of Novaya Gazeta’s journalists were murdered, including Anna Politkovskaya, who was killed in 2006 while covering human rights abuses in Chechnya.
Muratov was the recipient of various honors, including the International Press Freedom Award (2007) from the Committee to Protect Journalists. Upon his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, the Norwegian Nobel Committee noted the difficult conditions facing journalists worldwide and that “freedom of expression…is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
In June 2022, Muratov sold his Nobel medal for $103.5 Million, which he plans to donate to UNICEF to help Ukrainian child refugees.
Muratov’s talk will take place in the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. Tickets go on sale July 25, 2022. Learn more and purchase tickets. His talk is sponsored by SCSU Integrated Communications & Marketing, the Judaic Studies Program, and the departments of Political Science, History, Journalism, and English.