Asli Erdoğan: “For all the journalists with their tongues cut out, solidarity is important“

Awards  |  06.10.2017

Ilkay Yücel and Asli Erdogan in Leipzig

Asli Erdoğan and Deniz Yücel have today been jointly awarded with Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig.

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"Should we be free to hate?" – ECPMF’s young writer competition '1000 words for freedom'

Awards  |  04.10.2017

Darh Vader

The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom is proud to announce this year’s competition for young writers. We ask you, young people under the age of 27, to write up to 1,000 words on the question: Should we be free to hate?

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A symbol of solidarity – Two more Turks honoured with Leipzig’s freedom of the press award

Awards  |  06.07.2017

Deniz Yücel and Asli Erdoğan winner Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media 2017

Deniz Yücel and Asli Erdoğan will be awarded the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig’s “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” 2017

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Turkey Blocks: Censorship monitoring app nabs Digital Activism Award

Awards  |  25.04.2017

Alp Toker Turkey Blocks

by Jane Whyatt

An app deisgned by the Turkish-British Alp Toker has been honoured with a Freedom of Expression prize. It aims to beat back censorship and the online blocking of critical journalists in Turkey.

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Apply for: The awards for excellence in journalism

Awards  |  18.11.2016

European Press Prize

The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2017 edition from the 1st of November until the 16th of December.

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Awards  |  20.10.2016

Mads Haahr

by Mads Haahr – An Essay
They wanted the Young European Federalists Denmark to write about freedom of the press. Yet they did not give them overall freedom to describe freedom of the press. They were therefore confined to a mere one thousand words in their description. So the eternally cantankerous youth pondered how you could ask for a description of freedom of the press and at th … read more

Hostwriter offers prizes – and a bed for the night!

Awards  |  15.07.2016

Hostwriter website

by Jane Whyatt
Tracing the transnational journey of a gram of heroin from the field where the poppy grows to the end-user in an European capital is a difficult and dangerous task. It makes a great story. And it shows the power of collaborative journalism – even on a tiny budget.

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Dündar and Gül receive Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media

Awards  |  27.06.2016

Nikolai Säule

by Michelle Trimborn
This year’s “Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media” is awarded to Can Dündar and Erdem Gül. The award is sponsored by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation, ECPMF’s lead partner. The ECPMF has supported both laureates for months in their fight for media freedom in Turkey.

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Absolutely Swedish takes top TV prize

Awards  |  24.05.2016

Roman Theatre Plovdiv

by Jane Whyatt in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
A Kurdish comedian has helped Sweden’s SVT to win the Prix CIRCOM 2016 - Europe’s top prize for television journalism – with ‘Absolut Svensk’.

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Apply: CEI SEEMO Award for young and professional journalists from SEE

Awards  |  22.04.2016

The Central European Initiative (CEI) and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), in special partnership with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), have opened the Call for Applications 2016 of the CEI SEEMO Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism. The Call is divided into two categories:

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Call for the Busek SEEMO Award 2016

Awards  |  22.04.2016

seemo award

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) calls for nominations for the 2016 Dr Erhard Busek-SEEMO Award for Better Understanding in South, Eastern and Central Europe. Eligible to be nominated are journalists, editors, media executives, media experts, writers or journalism trainers in South, East and Central Europe who have contributed to promoting better understanding in the region and have worked towards ending minority-related problems, ethn … read more

Warren Richardson wins World Press Photo of the Year Award

Awards  |  19.02.2016

Prize for photographer who was beaten up by Hungarian police – ECPMF investigates

by Balazs Nagy Navarro, leader of the ECPMF fact finding mission in Hungary
The black and white image of a small baby being passed by refugees under a razor-wire fence on the Hungary-Serbia border at Röszke won the prestigious World Press Photo award for 2015 as the Photo of 2015.

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Awards for all - but watch out for the deadlines

Awards  |  08.01.2016

by Philllip Filipovski
The New Year brings a long list of new opportunities to win fame and fortune through journalism, investigations, or even social media. Many of the top prizes have deadlines in January and February. Here are some highlights, and there are many more at the website of our partner organisation

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He never wanted to be an activist – the system forced him into it

Awards  |  05.10.2015

Jafar Panahi-teaser

Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi is one of the winners of the 2014 Prize for Freedom and Future of the Media, awarded by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig. Panahi is not allowed to give interviews, make films, write screenplays or leave the country since he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for propaganda against the government.


So Jafar Panahi’s representative in Germany Nooshafarin Doostri-Lübbe answers ECPMF’s questions.


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German prize for Poitras – Edward Snowden film-maker wins award for international understanding

Awards  |  15.09.2015

Laura Poitras

The award-winning American documentary film-maker Laura Poitras has been voted the winner of this year’s Marion Donhoff prize, decided by the readers of Die Zeit, Germany’s liberal weekly newspaper.

This latest award from German readers is given annually in memory of Countess Donhoff, one of the founders of Die Zeit. It not a prize for journalism, but for increasing international understanding and reconciliation.


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‘Truth cannot be jailed’

Awards  |  14.09.2015

Leipzig Media Award 2015 - Jafar Panahi and Nedim Sener Muzaffer Kantarci

Leipzig honours independent filmmaker from Iran and investigative journalist from Turkey

Two courageous men from countries where media freedom is severely restricted – Iran and Turkey - are honoured with this year’s Prize for the Freedom and future of the Media, awarded by the Media Foundation of the Sparkasse Leipzig.

Details will be announced on 8th October during the first annual European Media Freedom Conference held by the European Centre for Pr … read more


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