Leipzig Media Award 2013 handed over to Alan Rusbridger ("Guardian")

London, 21 October, 2013. During his stay in London, Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of Leipzig and Chairman of the Foundation Council of the Media Foundation, symbolically handed over the "Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media" 2013 to Alan Rusbridger, editor in chief of the British daily The Guardian. The official award ceremony took place on 8 October at the "Media Campus Villa Ida" in Leipzig. The Berlin correspondent of The Guardian, Philip Oltermann took over the prize on behalf of Alan Rusbridger.

Beside the two journalist teams Jörg Armbruster/Martin Durm and Brigitte Alfter/Ides Debruyne and journalist Tongam Rina, The Guardian and Glenn Greenwald received this year's "Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media".

The Guardian and Glenn Greenwald informed the international public in an excellent and journalistically independent manner about the dimension of global surveillance of digital communication networks. Against opposition and despite direct interventions, they continued this work unperturbed. Because of his research and publications, Glenn Greenwald is also suspended to unacceptable personal limitations, threats and hazards.