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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 …
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
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”).Diese Seite ausdrucken
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:
Discover these areas by visiting the related web pages and learn more about the funding spectrum of the Media Foundation.Diese Seite ausdrucken
Award ceremony of the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017
(all pictures: Media Foundation/Volkmar Heinz)Diese Seite ausdrucken
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”.Diese Seite ausdrucken
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
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.
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.
The right of journalists and media to gather and disseminate information and opinions must not be threatened, restricted or made subject to punishment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The public of any state shall be granted free access to all national and foreign media and sources of information.
The government shall not restrict entry into the profession of journalism.
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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”.Diese Seite ausdrucken