The short video clip about this year's M100YEJ workshop on the topic of investigative journalism with 27 very talented young journalists from all over Europe is online now!

The workshop took place in cooperation with OCCRP, ICIJ, Correctiv, Netzwerk Recherche, Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ), and Vereinigung Europäischer Presse, amongst others. It was financed by Auswärtiges Amt and National Endowment for Democracy.

Thanks to all our partners and supporters!

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Italian journalist and writer Roberto Saviano received the M100 Media Award / Chancellor Angela Merkel held the key political speech of the evening

Italian writer and journalist Roberto Saviano (Gomorrah) accepted the M100 Media Award at a festive award ceremony, while the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium came to a successful close at the Orangery Palace in Potsdam this evening.

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The dazzling evening featured a keynote political speech from Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended the M100 Media Award for the third time.

Speaking to Roberto Saviano, whose life has been threatened by the Mafia since the publication of his book about the Neapolitan Camorra ten years ago, forcing him and his family to live underground under police protection, the Chancellor expressed a clear commitment to press freedom: ‘We have to continue to defend freedom of the press time and again, always bearing in mind how quickly this right can be endangered – even here in Europe. Freedom of the press has a great deal to do with the absence of state interference and censorship, but it is much more than that. It also includes the freedom to uncover abuses and to report on them without fear of reprisal or even personal endangerment.’ She also touched on another commitment in reference to the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium held that afternoon, advocating the need for a strong and united Europe: ‘Just as the M100 Media Award is understood to be a European prize, the colloquium in which the award is being given today focuses on the situation in Europe.’ And further: ‘We must never forget that it is largely thanks to European integration that we no longer live on a continent of war, restricted freedom and antagonism, but what is still a union of peace, freedom, prosperity, stability and good neighbourly relations. The European Union has achieved far more in its history than past generations could have ever imagined. Even with major historical trajectories aside, we benefit daily from European integration in our everyday lives, often without even being conscious of it, including unrestricted travel, our common currency, and diverse personal encounters.’

Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper Die Zeit, gave the speech honouring Roberto Saviano. Di Lorenzo praised the award for distinguishing Saviano’s work: ‘Roberto Saviano depends on support from the same society whose eyes he has repeatedly opened with his work – precisely because some would rather close their eyes again, turn away and know nothing about these things.’ And further: ‘An evening like this helps make Roberto Saviano a little bit safer in his home country. It is a great sign of solidarity – through the presence of all of you and by awarding this prize, the M100 Media Award. “There will be situations,” Roberto once said, “where I will become more vulnerable because fewer people are paying attention to me.” To him, public attention is not just a decorative accessory or flattering gesture. It is a kind of life insurance.’

Roberto Saviano himself thanked the Colloquium for the award and called on European media representatives to have the courage to present complex contexts and situations as they are without abbreviating them. He dedicated his prize to Turkish journalist and author Ahmet Altan and his brother, economics professor Mehmet Altan, who were arrested in Turkey on 10 September.

Addressing this year’s topic ‘War or Peace’, some 70 participants in what is now the 12th edition of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium spent the day at round-table discussions having to do with the return of geopolitical strategies, creeping European disintegration, the increasing radicalisation of Western, Middle Eastern and other societies, as well as the role and responsibility of the media in these developments.

The M100 Sanssouci Colloquium was opened by renowned historian Prof Dr Dan Diner, who teaches modern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and served as director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University from 1999 to 2004. Diner warns of clear, discernable echoes from the past: ‘The current pattern of political-military activity is directed at locations that bear an unsettling resemblance to hotspots of the 19th century. First, to the constellation of the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856’ He continues: ‘If this kind of geopolitically-semantisised conflict constellation were to actually solidify, it would raise pressing questions about the future of the European project in general and the role of Germany in particular.’

Kai Diekmann, editor of the BILD Group, interviewed Can Dündar, former editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet in a special talk addressing the current situation in Turkey. ‘The situation in Turkey resembles a Frankenstein scenario,’ Dündar said. ‘The creature – the Gülen movement – has turned against its creator, Erdogan’. Erdogan, he noted, was the one who gave the Gülen movement strength and momentum through earlier efforts to shore up state institutions with loyalists. ‘This also explains how they know so precisely who belongs to it,’ Dündar explained, referring to the swift arrest of thousands of civil servants in Turkey following the attempted overthrow.

 

Potsdam, 10 September, 2016. The participants of this year's M100YEJ are blogging live from the workshop! At first day Daniel Drepper, Co-founder of the investigative network Correct!v, gave an exciting introduction to investigative journalism with special focus on dentifying and selecting
issues, research, sources an implementation. Powered by Sourcefabric!

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M100 is streaming live!
1 September, 2016. In two weeks from today, leading media professionals and opinion leaders will meet for the 12th time for the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium at the historical Orangery of Sanssouci in Potsdam. Selected parts of the conference, including the Special Talk with Can Dündar and Kai Diekmann, as well as the presentation of the M100 Media Award to Roberto Saviano will be streamed live on Facebook to a broader audience.
Throughout the day, we will provide some impressions of the conference and short interviews with the participants - live on our Facebook page. To find out which sessions will be live streamed, please check here.

The M100 Young European Journalism workshop (M100YEJ) has been initiated in 2005 to promote the afore-mentioned values as well as ethical standards in journalism.
Longtime supporter is the organisation European Youth Press (EYP). The successful collaboration between EYP and the M100YEJ is now in its 10th year and is building the base for quality journalism and sparking conversations about the modern journalism among young media professionals. Both organisations share the same values of educating young journalists about media ethics, work environment and modern challenges journalists face within the profession.

The EYP is a network of youth media organisations in Europe. With 27 member organisations and several Committees, the EYP reaches more than 60,000 young journalists across Europe, forming a solid volunteer and professional infrastructure. It is a democratic, non-profit institution, founded and controlled by young media makers, all between 20 and 30 years of age.

Orangelog, the former platform of the European Youth Press, was initiated as a project emerging from the M100 YEJ workshop in 2006 and laid the foundation to the Orange Magazine, the English-language event-based online magazine of EYP that brings together an international team of young journalists from Europe and beyond.

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M100 Young European Journalists will report live from the conference.

On September 15, about 70 international participants from the spheres of media, politics and academia will discuss the topic “War or Peace. The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society in Europe” at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.

Not only will certain parts be streamed live on Facebook, M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will be reporting live from the conference as well. For that matter, participants of the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) will create a Live Blog to cover the conference, monitor social media and thus, bring the conference to a wider audience.

The M100 Young European Journalists workshop will start this Saturday at the MedienInnovationszentrum MIZ Babelsberg and teaches the young journalists not only the purposes, techniques and challenges of investigative journalism, but as well how to cover live from conferences. For that matter, M100 Sanssouci Colloquium is collaborating with Sourcefabric, a nonprofit open source development organisation that specialises in providing innovative software solutions for editorial newsrooms. With Sourcefabric’s solution for liveblogging, the Live Blog, the participants will be covering the M100 YEJ workshop on a daily basis and report live from the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.

The link to the Live Blog will be published soon.

30 August, 2016. Only 16 days! On September 15, the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, followed by the presentation of the M100 Media Award, takes place for the 12th time in Potsdam. A big thank you to our longtime supporters, the City of Potsdam, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the Federal Foreign Ministry, as well as to our sponsors and co-operation partners. Without them, this exceptional event would not be possible!    

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Potsdam, 25 August, 2016. Today, in exactly three weeks, on September, 15th, the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will take place for the 12th time in Potsdam.

About 70 participants from the spheres of media, politics and academia are expected to gather together to discuss the topic “War or Peace. The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society in Europe”.

Glamorous conclusion of the event will be the conferment of the M100 Media Award to the Italian witer and journalist Roberto Saviano. The political keynote will be delivered by Federal Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel. The laudation will be held by Giovanni di Lorenzo, editor-in-chief of DIE ZEIT.

Please find the agenda here.

Please find an overview of the participants here.

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.

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M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2016

WAR OR PEACE

The return of geopolitics, disintegration and the radicalisation of society in Europe

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