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Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian journalist to give Hanway Lecture in Global Studies

Dmitry Muratov
Dmitry Muratov

Dmitry Muratov, 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, will deliver Loyola University Maryland’s Hanway Lecture in Global Studies on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required for in-person and virtual attendance.

Titled “Democracy Dies in Darkness: An Evening with Dmitry Muratov,” Muratov will discuss the Ukraine crisis, freedom of the press, and human rights.

Muratov is a Russian journalist who, as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta, 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."

Muratov co-founded the pro-democracy newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993 with several other journalists. He was the newspaper's editor-in-chief from 1995 to 2017, and again assumed the position in 2019. The newspaper is known for its reporting on governmental corruption and human rights violations. In the 2000s, 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 receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021, the Norwegian Nobel Committee noted the difficult conditions facing journalists worldwide and that “freedom of a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

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