M100 Media Award to be presented to Roberto Saviano in evening ceremony

Potsdam, 23 August 2016. Can Dündar, who stepped down as editor-in-chief of the liberal Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet last week, will be interviewed by BILD publisher Kai Diekmann on 15 September at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. The conversation will take place in cooperation with Reporters Without Borders, which has provided intensive support for Dündar and his wife for more than a year and a half.

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Dündar and Cumhuriyet’s Ankara bureau chief, Erdem Gül, were sentenced to a lengthy prison term by a Turkish court of first instance as a result of their 2014 reporting on secret Turkish arms deliveries to Islamists in Syria. After the Turkish public prosecutor initiated criminal investigations against them, President Tayyip Erdoğan personally added charges on suspicion of espionage in May 2015, and demanded life sentences for both journalists. In November 2015, Dündar and Gül were imprisoned. However, they were subsequently freed following three months of pre-trial detention, despite protest by Erdoğan. The trial against the two began one month later. On 6 May 2016, Dündar was found guilty of the publication of state secrets and sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, while Gül received five years. Both have submitted appeals; thus, the judgement has not yet been finalised. Dündar is currently residing in Europe.

Following the attempted coup in Turkey, Dündar announced that he would not return to Turkey as long as the state of emergency was still in place. A condition of “lawlessness” had prevailed since the coup attempt, he said, and he no longer had any trust in the Turkish justice system. Shortly before Dündar and Gül’s imprisonment, Reporters Without Borders awarded Cumhuriyet its Prize for Press Freedom in the “Media” category, and launched an international campaign on behalf of the two persecuted journalists.

DiekmannDündar will speak with BILD publisher Kai Diekmann on the current state of affairs in Turkey, the role and responsibility of Europe and Germany, and the likely course of future events in Turkey.

The Special Talk will take place within the framework of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, an international media conference welcoming chief and senior editors, publicists, politicians, and historians from all over Europe to Potsdam (Germany) on 15 September to address the topic “War or Peace”.

Some 70 participants will gather in the Orangery of Sanssouci to discuss the return of geopolitical strategies, a Europe sliding into disintegration, the growing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies, as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.

The conference will be opened by renowned historian Prof. Dan Diner Ph.D., currently Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the former Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig from 1999 to 2014.

At the conclusion of the conference, Italian author and journalist Roberto Saviano will be recognised with this year’s M100 Media Award. Since publication of his book Gomorrah, the 36-year-old Saviano and his family have been threatened by the mafia. Now under police protection, he is living an underground life, sharing the fate of an increasing number of journalists in Europe and worldwide who have been threatened, imprisoned, tortured or killed because of their work. The laudation will be hold by ZEIT Editor-in-Chief Giovanni di Lorenzo.

This year's co-operation partners of the #M100YEJ are amazing: the investigative networks CORRECT!V, Netzwerk Recherche, ICIJ and OCCRP.

CORRECT!V, the first nonprofit investigative newsroom in the German-speaking world, wants to give citizens access to information. CORRECT!V releases its reports in English, German and Russian languages via its web site to media outlets throughout Europe and around the globe. Workshop trainer Daniel Drepper is co-founder and senior reporter of CORRECT!V. Six years ago, he has been taken part at the M100 YEJ 2010.

Netzwerk Recherche is a German based association of journalists, which wants to enhance the quality of media coverage through research, convey research techniques to the younger generation and foster investigative journalism. YEJ workshop trainer Albrecht Ude focusses on internet censorship (e.g China). His main aspects are research, IT & communication security, civil rights in times of the erosion of the rule of law, democracy and an open free society under the threat of increasing surveillance.

The Washington based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which includes more than 160 investigative journalists in over 65 countries who work together on issues such as cross-border crime, corruption, and the accountability of power. The network were involved in the revealing of the Panama Papers. Workshop trainer is the Romanian investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), Stefan Candea.

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is a consortium of investigative centers, media and journalists operating in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Central America. Founded in 2006, it is the only full-time investigative reporting organization that specializes in organized crime and corruption. Co-founder and multiple award winner Paul Radu will tell the participants of M100 YEJ about contributions to Panama Papers and how organized crime works.

Find more information about the workshop trainers here.

Postdam, August 19, 2016. Just four weeks before the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium (#M100SC) under the topic “War or Peace” it’s time to introduce the moderators of the three sessions: Dr Leonard Novy, Ali Aslan and Constantin Schreiber.

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Leonard Novy moderates Session I: "All for None, and None for All? Europe between autocratic Challenges and Disintegration", which deals with European domestic policy, the state of democracy in Europe and the question how the EU could reform. He is co-director of the Institute of Media and Communications Policy, Cologne, co-publisher of the German blog carta.info and has published extensively on issues pertaining to international politics, media and political communication as well as the influence of the Internet on politics and media.

In Session II, "In the Face of Crisis: The EU’s Foreign Policy", the debate focusses on European foreign policy and the view from outside. The discussion is moderated by TV moderator, journalist and politic scientist Ali Aslan. He has worked for global news networks such as CNN, ABC News, Channel News Asia and Deutsche Welle TV and hosts regularly political talk shows and discussions all over the world.

Session III highlights „Europe’s media and the information crisis” – role, responsibility and failures, but also what dangers do mounting limits on the press  in Europe present and how can they be countered? Moderator Constantin Schreiber is a news presenter, talkshow host and correspondent for German news network n-tv and RTL. He has become very well known as publisher of the book “1.000 Lashes” of the detained Saudi blogger Raif Badawi and as moderator of the video  broadcast “Marhaba – Ankommen in Deutschland” (“Marhaba - Arriving in Germany”, for which he was presented with the Grimme Award in March. Please find the agenda here.

Potsdam, 9 August, 2016. The list of participants of this year's M100 Sanssouci Colloquium (#‎M100SC‬) is immensly growing! More than 60 editors-in-chief and leading journalists from Germany, Austria, Turkey, Kosovo, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Ukraine, amongst others, plus historians and representatives from politics and several organizations, plus Chancellor Merkel and M100 Media Laureate Roberto Saviano - have a look at the participant list here.

Potsdam, 7 August, 2016. In yesterday’s media magazin on Radio eins in rbb project manager Sabine Sasse talked about this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, M100 Media Laureate Roberto Saviano, keynote speaker Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and the high safety precautions. You can find the interview here (in German).

ZEIT Editor-in-Chief, Giovanni di Lorenzo, delivers laudation, German Chancellor Merkel political keynote

Potsdam, 3 August 2016. Italian author and journalist Roberto Saviano has been recognised with this year’s M100 Media Award. The award will be presented under strict security precautions in the Orangery of Potsdam on the evening of 15 September to mark the end of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium international media conference.

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Ten years ago, Saviano published the journalistic novel “Gomorrah: Italy’s Other Mafia” (“Gomorra – Viaggio nell’impero economico e nel sogno di dominio della camorra”). In it, he describes in detail the practices of organised crime and its links with legitimate business structures and politics as well as openly publishes the names of the parties involved. The book, for which he worked for years as an undercover dockworker, catapulted the then 26-year old to fame. The book was translated into 51 languages, made into a movie (which received an ®Oscar nomination in the category “Best Foreign Film”) and filmed as a TV series. Saviano has written additional books on the Mafia, including “The Opposite of Death”, “The Struggle Continues: Resisting the Mafia and Corruption” (“Der Kampf geht weiter: Widerstand gegen Mafia und Korruption”) and “Zero Zero Zero”, published in early 2014.

Since publication, Saviano and his family have been threatened by the mafia. Now under police protection, he lives a life underground, sharing the fate of an increasing number of journalists in Europe and worldwide who are threatened, imprisoned, tortured or killed because of their work.

“Through his research on the Mafia, Roberto Saviano has been made vulnerable; he has paid for his courage with a life of invisibility”, says ZEIT Editor-in-Chief Giovanni di Lorenzo, who will deliver the laudation. “The recognition that this award will bring him is thus extremely important: It provides a level of protection against attacks and threats that are all too common to Saviano – and shows not only him, but all those who risk life and limb to speak the uncomfortable truth that their work is not in vain!”

The political keynote speech, which introduces the award ceremony, will be delivered by Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. Following 2006 and 2010, Chancellor Merkel is making her third appearance at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.

The M100 Media Award, which is part of the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, is presented each year to honour individuals who have left their mark on the world and who have taken a stand for democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Previous recipients include the editorial staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, Vitali Klitschko, Kurt Westergaard, and Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

Under the topic “War or Peace” some 60 editors-in-chief, historians and politicians will gather this year to discuss the return of geopolitical strategies, a Europe sliding into disintegration, the growing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.

Please find the accreditation form for reporting journalists here.

More information about conference and participants please find here.

M100 is an initiative of the state capital Potsdam and the organisation Potsdam Media International e.V. This year’s event is supported by the city of Potsdam, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Federal Foreign Ministry, and Land Brandenburg, amongst others.

The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop in Potsdam, Germany (9 to 15 September, 2016) teaches young journalists from Europe and Eastern Partnership Countries the methods and challenges of investigative research.

“Corruption and money laundering is common among all developing countries”, writes 25-year old Sonya. “Armenia is no exception.” There seems to be a lot of oligarchs in her homeland, many dealing in offshore businesses that are repeatedly involved in scandals. According to Sonya, it is often impossible for Armenian journalists to conduct investigative research, or they are constantly harassed. “Even if Armenia had freedom of press and opinion, not one piece of information could be published in reality.”
Aynur (23) from Baku says it’s no different in Azerbaijan, where journalists find it almost impossible to develop sources for the issues they are working on. If, for example, a journalist is looking for information on corruption in state-owned enterprises, he or she will not find anyone willing to confirm facts or figures. Everyone is afraid of losing their job or that their family would be threatened.

Sonya and Aynur are just two of 25 young journalists from 14 countries that were chosen to take part in the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop in Potsdam. Fifteen come from Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine) and from Russia; another ten come from other European countries, including Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland (find the list of all participants here).

Potsdam, July 6, 2016. On the occasion of this year’s M100 Media Award on the evening of 15 September in Potsdam, Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel will deliver the political keynote speech.

MerkelThe M100 Media Award, which is part of the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, is presented each year to honour individuals who have left their mark on the world and who have taken a stand for democracy, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Previous recipients include the editorial staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year, Vitali Klitschko, Kurt Westergaard and Hans-Dietrich Genscher.
This year's Award laureate will be announced soon.

Following 2006 and 2010, Chancellor Merkel is making her third appearance at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.

Under the topic “War or Peace” some 60 editors-in-chief, historians and politicians will gather this year to discuss the return of geopolitical strategies, a Europe sliding into disintegration, the growing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.

Potsdam, 27 June, 2016. “War or Peace” is the title of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, which will welcome chief and senior editors, publicists, politicians and historians from all over Europe to Potsdam (Germany) for the 12th time on 15 September. Some 60 participants will gather in the Orangery of Sanssouci to discuss the return of geopolitical strategies, a Europe sliding into disintegration, the growing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.Diner 2

The conference will be opened by renowned historian Prof. Dan Diner Ph.D., currently Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the former Director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig from 1999 to 2014.

“The return of patterns of geographical and ingrained political beliefs long thought forgotten is casting a long shadow on the current and future configurations of international politics”, outlines Diner in his keynote address. “These shadows exhibit the unedifying contours of the 19th century. In any case, the contentious fault lines of European politics appear to be fracturing again – especially from the east, but also due to centrifugal forces that seem to have taken over the European Union. Brexit has sent shock waves throughout Europe. Added to this are the new-old ‘Eastern Question’, a Russia in search of itself as well as the role of Germany in a Europe roiled by turmoil – all against a backdrop of America’s creeping retreat from the Old Continent. These are scenarios that invite long-term oriented contemplation.”

You can download a photo of Prof. Dan Diner Ph.D. free of charge here: http://m100potsdam.de/en/press.html

Potsdam, 14 June, 2016. We are very looking forward to this year's M100 Young European Journalists Workshop under the topic “Investigative Journalism – Purposes, Techniques, and specific Challenges” from September 10 to 15 in Potsdam!

A big thank you to the Federal Foreign Ministry and the National Endowment for Democracy for their financial support.

Also we thank our co-operation partners Correct!v, Netzwerk Recherche, the ICIJ and the OCCRP as well as the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg MIZ, Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten VEJ (Association of European Journalists), and the European Youth Press.

Further collaboration partners are the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, Belarus Association of Journalists, Association of Young Journalists in Armenia, Hetq - Association of Investigative Journalists, Young Journalist Center in Moldova, Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and Radio Free Liberty RFL/RL.

Please find more information here.

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