Pressemitteilung 04.11.2017: Portrait der einsamen Menschen

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05.11.2017


Award ceremony of the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017

Impressions

(all pictures: Media Foundation/Volkmar Heinz)

Award ceremony 2017 (from left to right): Leipzig’s Lord Mayor and Chairman of the Foundation Council of Media Foundation Burkhard Jung, Ilkay Yücel (sister of laureate Deniz Yücel), laureate Asli Erdoğan, keynote speaker Werner Schulz, Dr Harald Langenfeld (Chairman of Media Foundation and Sparkasse Leipzig), and Stephan Seeger (Managing Director of Media Foundation and Director Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig).

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09.10.2017


Press release 6 October, 2017: “Keep the scandal alive”

Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media awarded to Turkish author Asli Erdoğan and German-Turkish Journalist Deniz Yücel

Leipzig, 6 October 2017. On the evening of 6 October 2017, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig honoured Turkish author and journalist Asli Erdoğan and the German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel with its Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media. The prize is awarded annually to journalists, media professionals and institutions which stand up for press freedom with exceptional courage and commitment. It is endowed with 30,000 euros. Asli Erdoğan accepted the prize in person, while Deniz Yücel was unable to attend the award ceremony due to his imprisonment in Turkey. His sister Ilkay Yücel accepted the prize on his behalf. Read more …

06.10.2017


Günter Eich Prize ceremony and Summer Party 2017 – Impressions

Again, numerous guests followed the invitation of Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig and celebrated a somewhat delayed, but still very pleasant Summer Party at the Media Campus Villa Ida. As in the previous years, the award ceremony of a radio award of Media Foundation took place before the actual Summer Party. However, this year’s Günter Eich Prize winner Friederike Mayröcker was not able to receive her prize personally. Therefore, the Foundation honored its laureate with a homage. For the homage, the Austrian Broadcasting ORF in cooperation with the Media Foundation produced a video portrait together with words of thank by the laureate.

Award Ceremony of Günter Eich Prize 2017: Homage to Friederike Mayröcker

Da Günter-Eich-Preisträgerin Friederike Mayröcker nicht persönlich anwesend sein konnte, ehrte die Medienstiftung sie mit einer Hommage. Foto: Medienstiftung / Volkmar Heinz

Because Günter Eich Prize winner Friederike Mayröcker was not able to attend the award ceremony, Media Foundation honoured her with a homage.
Picture: Media Foundation / Volkmar Heinz

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12.09.2017


Pressemitteilung 04.09.2017: “Eine großartige Schriftstellerin und bedeutende Hörspielautorin”

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04.09.2017


Foundation

Whoever wants to support and sponsor the development of a free media has to consider more than the mere economic and employment-oriented aspects. A media centre becomes especially important and attractive when it represents a climate where the media’s great responsibility towards society is recognized as a duty as well as a challenge.

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig public savings bank wants to contribute to this climate. One of its key commitments is the fostering of training and further education possibilities for young people in the media field. This involves scholarships (e.g. through the Leipzig Media Award), targeted project support, and the organization of civic education events, such as for the commemoration of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 in Leipzig.

The Foundation projects are financed by the Foundation itself as well as third party contributions and donations.

Every year, the Foundation awards its “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”. In addition, the Foundation awards the “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”, the “Günter Eich Prize” and the “Golden Dove” (former “Talent Dove”).

Nikolaisäule (Andreas Lamm)

Sculpture “Nikolaisäule” (“St. Nicholas Column”) as symbol of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” (Photo: Andreas Lamm)

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Teaching and Research

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is particularly committed to education and training in the media sector. Therefore, the Foundation cooperates closely with local universities and other educational institutions and founded institutes, launched initiatives and projects and created the necessary infrastructure for media-related activities. The respective core institutions are:

  • the “Leipzig School of Media” (LSoM) with its part-time academic master degree programs and seminar programs,
  • the “European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research” (EIJC) with scholarships granted throughout of Europe,
  • special events for the genres of radio feature and radio play

Discover these areas by visiting the related web pages and learn more about the funding spectrum of the Media Foundation.

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Press

Award ceremony of the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017

Impressions

(all pictures: Media Foundation/Volkmar Heinz)

Award ceremony 2017 (from left to right): Leipzig’s Lord Mayor and Chairman of the Foundation Council of Media Foundation Burkhard Jung, Ilkay Yücel (sister of laureate Deniz Yücel), laureate Asli Erdoğan, keynote speaker Werner Schulz, Dr Harald Langenfeld (Chairman of Media Foundation and Sparkasse Leipzig), and Stephan Seeger (Managing Director of Media Foundation and Director Foundations of Sparkasse Leipzig).

Dr Harald Langenfeld welcomed the guests of the award ceremony at Media Campus Villa Ida.

The pianist Serra Tavsanli provided the musical framework.

Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung during his welcoming address.

This year’s Leipzig Speech to the Freedom of Media and Press was held by Werner Schulz, long-term member of Bundestag and European Parliament of Bündnis 90/Grüne.

Laureate Asli Erdoğan was able to receive her award personally.

Ilkay Yücel, sister of laureate Deniz Yücel, received the award on behalf of her brother who is still in custody.

Ilkay Yücel and Asli Erdoğan after the award ceremony.

Ilkay Yücel, Asli Erdoğan and Werner Schulz.

Stephan Seeger, Dr Harald Langenfeld, Ilkay Yücel and Asli Erdoğan during the press conference on the morning of 6 October.

Ilkay Yücel and Asli Erdogan after the press conference.

Christoph Wonneberger and Roland Jahn (both laureatos from 2014).

From left to right: Director Foundations Stephan Seeger, Roland Jahn (Federal Commissioner for the Records of the State Security Service of the former GDR), Linde Rotta, and Michael Czupalla (former County Commissioner of the district Northern Saxony).

Dr Harald Langenfeld (right) under discussion with Roland Jahn and Klaus-Michael Rohrwacher (Chairman of Förderverein Völkerschlachtdenkmal association).

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Leipzig Media Award

The Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig is committed to the memory of the Peaceful Revolution that took place in East Germany in 1989. Freedom of speech and unrestricted gathering of information through a free and independent press were key demands of the civil rights activists and demonstrators during the Leipzig Monday demonstrations at that time.

The exhibition “Sites of the Peaceful Revolution” realised by “Bürgerkomitee Leipzig e. V.” (“Citizen Committee Leipzig association”) takes you on a tour through Leipzig to 20 original locations, marked by pillars, where important events happened that helped to bring down the SED dictatorship regime in the year of the Democratic Change (1989/90) (more information can be found here). Additionally, the app “Leipzig ’89” offers a GPS-based tour of the 20 pillars with an audio guide in six languages. In addition to the individual pillars, more than 300 photos, documents and videos are available through this app (the app can be found here).

Through the annual awarding of the “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media”, the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig supports the freedom of press and with it the memento of the events of 1989.

The defense of the freedom of press is more important than ever. Even in free societies it is endangered: the patterns of suppression of information are becoming more subtle.

By awarding further prizes – such as the “Golden Dove” for the best documentary of a talented newcomer at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (formerly known as “Talent Dove”), the “Günther Eich Prize” and the “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”, the Foundation promotes culturally and qualitatively sophisticated work in text, sound and film.

All awards of the Media Foundation are summarised under the generic term “Leipzig Media Award”.

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European Charter on Freedom of the Press

On 25 May, 2009 48 editors in chief and leading journalists from 19 countries adopted and signed the “European Charter on Freedom of the Press” in Hamburg.

In ten articles, the charter formulates principles for the freedom of the press from government interference – in particular for their right to safety from surveillance, electronic eavesdropping and searches of editorial departments and computers, and to unimpeded access for journalists and citizens to all domestic and foreign sources of information

The goal is to assert the charter’s validity across Europe and to make its adoption a condition in EU accession negotiations. The charta was handed over to the European Commission in Brussels on 9 June, 2009 and to the Council of Europe in Luxembourg on 26 October, 2009.

European Charter on Freedom of the Press

Article 1
Freedom of the press is essential to a democratic society. To uphold and protect it, and to respect its diversity and its political, social and cultural missions, is the mandate of all governments.

Article 2
Censorship is impermissible. Independent journalism in all media is free of persecution and repression, without a guarantee of political or regulatory interference by government. Press and online media shall not be subject to state licensing.

Article 3
The right of journalists and media to gather and disseminate information and opinions must not be threatened, restricted or made subject to punishment.

Article 4
The protection of journalistic sources shall be strictly upheld. Surveillance of, electronic eavesdropping on or searches of newsrooms, private rooms or journalists’ computers with the aim of identifying sources of information or infringing on editorial confidentiality are unacceptable.

Article 5
All states must ensure that the media have the full protection of the law and the authorities while carrying out their role. This applies in particular to defending journalists and their employees from harassment and/or physical attack. Threats to or violations of these rights must be carefully investigated and punished by the judiciary.

Article 6
The economic livelihood of the media must not be endangered by the state or by state-controlled institutions. The threat of economic sanctions is also unacceptable. Private-sector companies must respect the journalistic freedom of the media. They shall neither exert pressure on journalistic content nor attempt to mix commercial content with journalistic content.

Article 7
State or state-controlled institutions shall not hinder the freedom of access of the media and journalists to information. They have a duty to support them in their mandate to provide information.

Article 8
Media and journalists have a right to unimpeded access to all news and information sources, including those from abroad. For their reporting, foreign journalists should be provided with visas, accreditation and other required documents without delay.

Article 9
The public of any state shall be granted free access to all national and foreign media and sources of information.

Article 10
The government shall not restrict entry into the profession of journalism.

Homepage of the Charter

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Contact

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig

Menckestraße 27
D-04155 Leipzig
Germany

Phone: +49 341 – 5629 661
Fax: +49 341 – 5629 663
info(at)leipziger-medienstiftung.de

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Media Campus

The “Media Campus” in the Leipzig district of Gohlis was erected by the Media Foundation. Together with the historic Villa Ida building where the actual seat of the Foundation is located it forms an interesting ensemble and thus literally combines old and new.

“Media Campus Villa Ida” is home of the “Leipzig School of Media” (LSoM), a subsidiary of the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. In cooperation with local universities, the LSoM offers part-time master courses for media professionals. www.leipzigschoolofmedia.de

The building includes a large hall for events with a capacity of up to 280 seats, which can be divided by a movable partition wall. This room can also be used as a lecture hall. On the first floor you find two seminar rooms with 25 seats each, a training room for video editing with ten seats and an audio recording studio. On the top floor there is a PC room with 23 seats and offices for lecturers. In addition, the building accommodates a small public bistro, which also supplies the Media Campus and four apartments for scholars/guest lecturers.

Hotel Michaelis Leipzig runs our “Restaurant Campus” and is the exclusive partner for the catering of every event at “Media Campus”.

Media Campus Villa Ida
Hotel Michaelis

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