Ferdinand von Schirach will deliver the laudatory speech marking the presentation of the M100 Media Award to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Ferdinand von Schirach webOn September 17, following the international M100 Sanssouci Colloquium media conference, the M100 Media Award will be presented in the Sanssouci Orangery in Potsdam. Gérard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, will receive the award on behalf of the entire editorial team.
The award honours contributions to the protection of the freedom of expression and the deepening of democracy, as well as special services in the cause of inter-European understanding and communication. In stating its grounds for this year’s choice, the M100 board said the free world must show solidarity with the victims in every way possible. Freedom of the press and the freedom of expression are constitutive elements of every democracy, and must be protected at all costs, the board said.
The award ceremony will be introduced by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will give the evening’s political keynote speech. The Lord Mayor of Potsdam, Jann Jakobs, will offer a welcome to the roughly 200 invited guests.

In a terrorist attack on the Paris editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo on 7 January 2015, 12 men were killed, including eight employees of Charlie Hebdo – among them publisher Stéphane Charbonnier by two Islamist-motivated perpetrators. Since that time, the remaining editors and staff have lived under personal protection. Some cartoonists have given up their jobs and left the editorial team for fear of future attacks.
“If we lose freedom, we lose everything.” (Ferdinand von Schirach)

Potsdam, 27 August, 2015: Three weeks from now, more than 50 exciting representatives from media, politics, science and relevant organizations from all over Europe will discuss at one table at the Orangery Sanssouci. Topic: The current situation in Europe against the background of the 70th anniversary of the Potsdam Agreement. In the evening: presentation of the M100 Media Award to Charlie Hebdo.
Why this is so important, is explained by editor-in-chief of BILD and M100 board member Kai Diekmann:

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"The only way we can respond to the abhorrent terrorists is to fearlessly continue to live the way we live. To write what we want to write. To draw, paint, write poems and speak about whatever we feel like. In a world of terror, we might have to pay with our lives. But if we aren’t prepared to pay that price, then we aren’t free. Our colleagues in Paris paid the highest price for their freedom. We bow to them in thanks with the M100 Media Award!”

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Elmar Giglinger, CEO, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg: "Whether written, spoken, filmed or drawn – freedom of expression is the hard core of a free society and a functioning democracy. Therefore, the Medienboard gladly supports the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and this year‘s winner of the M100 Media Award, Charlie Hebdo."

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Michael M. Thoss, CEO Allianz Cultural Foundation: “Freedom of press and information are cornerstones of a democratic civil society. Therefore, the Allianz Cultural Foundation fosters the networking of journalists from all over Europe and their participation at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.”

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Thomas Krüger, President of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung BpB (Federal Agency for Civic Education): "As we can see now and again and again, freedom of press is an important requirement for a vibrant and disputatious civil society. It contributes to the support of the political understanding of citizens and enables them to participate politically and socially. Therefore, the Federal Agency for Civic Education supports the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and this year‘s M100 Media Award for Charlie Hebdo.“

The M100 Sanssouci Colloquium is hosted by the registered association Potsdam Media International e.V., whose members act in an honorary capacity. The association is concerned with the organisation and funding of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and the Young European Journalists workshop. Both is financed by fundings, sponsorships and donations.
You or your company can also support the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and/or the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop and therewith contribute to a qualified education of young journalists and the defense of democratic values as well as freedom of press and opinion in Europe.
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Conference followed by presentation of the M100 Media Award to Charlie Hebdo.

Potsdam, 17 August, 2015. Former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Hans-Dietrich Genscher will open the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium in the Orangery of Sanssouci on 17 September. His speech will address the question of “Potsdam 1945 and the 70 years since: Opportunities – used or wasted?” Genscher web 1

Throughout his political career, Hans-Dietrich Genscher has helped to decisively influence and shape German and European policy. During his many years as Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, he campaigned for détente between East and West and was instrumental in bringing about both the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.

Since 2005, the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium has invited leading media and opinion makers to Potsdam to discuss socio-political issues and the role of the media. Some 60 participants from around the world will engage with these topics against the backdrop of the 70th anniversary of the Potsdam Agreement, its lasting effects and the current situation in Europe. The Potsdam Conference, where the agreement was negotiated and signed on 2 August 1945 by the Allied leaders Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Josef Stalin, dealt with the political and geographical order in Germany, its demilitarisation, reparations to be paid by Germany and the handling of German war criminals. The agreement is considered the cornerstone of the European order that led to the founding of the EU.

The participants of this year’s conference include Klaus Brinkbäumer (Der Spiegel, Hamburg), Stephan-Andreas Casdorff (Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin), Ulrich Deppendorf (former director ARD capital Berlin studio, Berlin), Anna Diamantopoulou (“DIKTIO” – Network for Reform in Greece and Europe, Athens), Alexandra Föderl-Schmid (Der Standard, Vienna), Kai Diekmann ( BILD Group, Berlin), Sven Gösmann (dpa, Berlin), Ulrike Guérot (European Democracy Lab, Berlin), Pawel Gusew (Moskowskij Komsomolez, Moskow), Hans-Jürgen Jakobs (Handelsblatt, Dusseldorf), Matthew Kaminski (Politico, Brussels), Xenia Kounalaki (Kathimerini, Athens), Anne McElvoy (The Economist, London), Merit Kopli (Postimees, Tallin), Richard Martyn-Hemphill (The Baltic Times, Latvia), Mathias Müller von Blumencron (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt), Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy (Belsat-TV, Warsaw), Andrea Seibel (Die WeltN24, Berlin), Dr. Jamie Shea (NATO, Brussels), George N. Tzogopoulos (analyst, journalist, author, Athens), Dr. Uwe Vorkötter (HORIZONT group, Frankfurt), and Christopher Walker (National Endowment for Democracy, Washington).

This debate will be followed by the M100 Media Award ceremony to the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Gérard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo, will receive the award on behalf of the entire editorial team. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will deliver the political keynote speech.

matthias spielkamp"Press freedom is under pressure. Also in Europe, journalists are being harassed, threatened and killed. Therefore supporters for press freedom will never be too many. We are glad, that the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium fosters freedom of the press once again. The M100 Media Award for Charlie Hebdo is a worthy honor for the important work of courageous journalists.“

Matthias Spielkamp, Member of the Board Reporters without Borders, Germany

Young journalists from Eastern Partnership countries are dealing with propaganda in journalism this year and what it specifically means to them.

Potsdam/Germany, 3 August, 2015. “Ukraine is an interesting case of apparent press freedom,” writes Stanislav Sokolov. The media is almost free, he says – particularly if today’s situation is compared with the last days of the Victor Yanukovych regime, in which the so-called dictatorship laws were adopted. However, he can discern very little professionalism at the national television broadcasters, and they depend entirely on the whims of their owners – mostly tycoons with clear political objectives and non-transparent sources of capital.

Sokolov is just 23 years old, but already works as a senior news editor and columnist for the Novoye Vremya website (www.nv.ua) in Kiev. In addition, he is one of 25 young journalists selected to participate in the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop in Potsdam from 12 – 18 September. Every year, the workshop invites young journalists from Europe to an intensive training seminar held in the days preceding the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, an international media conference.


The participants of this year's M100 Young European Journalists Workshop have been selected! In co-operation with and supported by the Federal Foreign Ministry the workshop, encompassing all the countries of the Eastern Partnership but with a particular focus on Ukraine, examines the use of propaganda instruments and the manipulation and intimidation of journalists, as well as the effects on the reputation of the media, on the population at large, and on the relationships between the countries. The goal is to teach participants how propaganda functions and what its objectives are, how it can be recognised, how to verify information (including within social networks), and how as journalists they can defend themselves against propaganda, co-optation and manipulation by governments and lobbyists. For information about the participants please click here.

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A visual summary of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2016 "WAR OR PEACE, The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society in Europe" and the M100 Media Award to the italian author Roberto Saviano. Political keynote: Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel, laudation: Giovanni di Lorenzo (die Zeit)