Muratov to highlight Russian oppression of media

A Russian journalist who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize says he will attend next month's award ceremony to draw international attention to oppression of media in his country.

The independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta's editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov spoke to NHK on Thursday. The publication is known for its critical coverage of President Vladimir Putin's administration.

Muratov said the Russian administration does not consider the concepts of human rights and democracy as conditions required for progress.

He expressed concern over the erosion of freedom of speech and expression in Russia by quoting Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975 for his efforts as a human rights advocate.

Muratov criticized what he called propaganda by state-run media. He said the duty of journalists is separating truth from lies.

The Nobel laureate expressed his intention to attend the award ceremony to stress the importance of pursuing the truth. The ceremony will be held in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, on December 10.

Muratov said he intends to sound the alarm over the use of propaganda by Russia and nearby nations against each other. He warned that the tactic has increasingly put Russia at odds with those countries, such as Ukraine and Poland.

Last month, the Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Muratov and another journalist Maria Ressa as co-winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Ressa is co-founder and CEO of Rappler, a Philippine digital media company for investigative journalism.

The committee recognized "their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."