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Deniz Yücel

Laureate of Leipzig Media Award: Compensation for detention.

Deniz Yücel was in Turkish detention without charge from the beginning of 2017 until 16 …

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Nobel Prize laureate Alexievich: "The people of the young generation in Belarus…

Imprisoned Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova honoured with the Prize for the Freedom …

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"Award for a lifetime achievement! What a joy!"

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards Erich Loest Prize, Günter Eich Prize and Axel Eggebrecht …

For the freedom and future of the media

Media Foundation
of Sparkasse Leipzig

To serve in the public interest – this obligation is anchored in the general mission of all branches of the German Sparkasse banking group. Each of the Sparkasse branches, as a financial partner and promoter, supports individuals and businesses in its vicinity in their everyday activities. It assists non-profit-making societies and institutions, athletes, artists and musicians, helps with their financial commitments to environmental-protection activities and in the preservation of historic buildings and monuments, and supports cultural events and social projects. Sparkasse branches frequently choose the form of a foundation as a means of pursuing their commitments. There are, for example, over 700 Sparkasse foundations in Germany.

Serving the public interest - that is also the idea behind the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. Founded on the 175th anniversary year of Sparkasse Leipzig, the Media Foundation pursues three guiding principles. The first of these is to uphold the tradition of the city of Leipzig as a media and communications location, as a city of print and of books – where Germany’s first daily newspaper was published, after all. Leipzig is seen as eastern Germany’s most important media location. Secondly, the foundation will support media-makers of all sorts in their work and in their commitment. And thirdly, the memory of the “Peaceful Revolution” in the October 1989 - and its importance for freedom of opinions and press  diversity - should be preserved.

Serving the public interest is something that the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig achieves by way of initiation, promotion and support of a wide variety of local, regional, national and European projects and institutions. Whether for the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom or the first German Media Court of Arbitration or the award of the Erich Loest Prize, for the Leipzig School of Media or for the initiation of the Günter Eich and Axel Eggebrecht Prize, or for the European Institute for Journalism and Communication Research or the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media; the work of the Media Foundation is repeatedly directed at highlighting the value of press and media freedom for free and democratic societies and enhancing public awareness of this. Without independent media there is no individual freedom, and no protection against state despotism and repression. And without individual freedom the public interest cannot unfold.

News from all foundations

Laureate of Leipzig Media Award: Compensation for detention.

Deniz Yücel was in Turkish detention without charge from the beginning of 2017 until 16 February 2018. During his imprisonment …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Jan. 25, 2022

Nobel Prize laureate Alexievich: "The people of the young generation in Belarus are no longer slaves."

Imprisoned Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova honoured with the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media. …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Oct. 8, 2021

"Award for a lifetime achievement! What a joy!"

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig awards Erich Loest Prize, Günter Eich Prize and Axel Eggebrecht Prize. Today, 9 September 2021, …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Sept. 9, 2021

Media Prize winner escapes from Afghanistan

Farida Nekzad flown out of Kabul With great relief, we received the news that the Afghan journalist Farida Nekzad managed …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Sept. 7, 2021

Three awards "at one stroke"

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig jointly awards its "Erich Loest Prize and both Radio Prizes. Leipzig, 1 September 2021. The …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | Sept. 1, 2021

“A signal of encouragement” to Belarus

The Belarusian journalists Katsyaryna Bahvalava and Darya Chultsova will be awarded the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | July 29, 2021

The freedom of the drawing pencil

On the death of Kurt Westergaard, laureate of the Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2010 Media …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | July 19, 2021

"Her powerful and poetic language will be missed"

On the death of Günter Eich Prize laureate Friederike Mayröcker. Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig mourns the death of Friederike …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | June 7, 2021

More media competence for Saxony's schools: workshops at Gerda-Taro-Schule.

The workshop programme on freedom of the press and diversity of opinion, sponsored by Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig in …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | May 24, 2021

Why journalism is vital.

Campus Talk at the International Press Freedom Day.Invitation to the online panel discussion on 3 May, 2021. Leipzig, 26 April, …

Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig | April 26, 2021