Laureate 2005: Britta Petersen

Britta Petersen

Britta Petersen
as chairwoman of the organization "Initiative for a Free Press" which she founded herself Britta Petersen supports the training of journalists and the development of a free press in Afghanistan.

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Britta Petersen

Britta Petersen worked as a reporter for Financial Times Deutschland in Afghanistan in January 2002. There she realised that our understanding of journalism is not applicable in this war-torn and crisis-ridden country. In September 2003 she founded the "Free Press Initiative" (IFP) which unites experienced journalists who support the development of independent media by providing training to beginning reporters. Britta Petersen coordinates the organisation's work not only in Kabul but also in the provinces, which involves a great deal of personal risk. In a first statement she said the award was a recognition of IFP's activities. It will help achieve the joint goal of creating a nationwide independent newspaper.

From 2005 to 2010, she lived in New Delhi/India as an author and world reporter. Since mid-2010, Petersen is the head of Lahore based bureau of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation.

-2006: "Gisela Bonn Prize" from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), for significant contributions to the German-Indian relationship