M100 Media Award 2021: Livestream of the ceremony on 6 October




Memoirs of Hella Pick: “Invisible Walls”

Hella Pick, legendary journalist and mentor, the doyenne of M100, Lord Weidenfeld’s right and left hand for decades and still active and travelling the world, has written her memoirs: “Invisible Walls. A Journalist in Search of her Life” is the title of her impressive and well-worth reading memoir, which will be published in German by Czernin in Autumn 2022. The original English edition was published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson last Spring.

„Hella Pick lived through, and reported on, many of the most seismic moments of the past fourscore years or so. Now she turns her exceptional reporting skills on herself – and the result is fascinating, moving, truly inspiring”, writes Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian.

Anne McElvoy, Senior Editor and Head, Economist Radio, UK, writes: “An extraordinary life, told by veteran among Foreign Correspondents who reported in-depth on the forces which shaped the Cold War – und its uneasy aftermath. From the building ot the Berlin Wall to ist demise, the scamble for Africa, power play pf Washington and New York and rise of China, Hella Pick has been on hand with her notebook and keen eye. Her odyssey from a child sent to Britain in the ‘Kindertransport’ to doyenne of the foreign corps is a rich journey of discovery – professional and personal.”

Highlights of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquiums 2021

The decision to put democratic resilience at the centre of this year’s conference, the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium has hit a nerve. Resilience, how to achieve it and what role the media can play in it, is the topic of our time. There were intense debates, insightful speeches and exciting discussions, which you can review in our film.

Watch the highlights of the conference with insights from participants, short summaries of the Strategic Roundtable and the speech by Benjamin H. Bratton, the speech by Prof. Dr Andreas Reckwitz, the Special Talk on “The Totalitarian Temptation” with Can Dündar, Dr Claudia Major and Saad Mohseni and the presentation of the M100 Media Award to Alexei Navalny, with the laudation by Christian Lindner, party leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the acceptance speech by Leonid Volkov.

Baroness Kennedy rescues over 100 Afghan women judges

Baroness Helena Kennedy, M100 Board member from the beginning, has rescued over 100 Afghan women judges and their families. Together with a team of lawyers, she raised more than £1 million, chartered planes and organised transport from Kabul to Athens, where they are now housed in hotels.

Baroness Kennedy persuaded the Greek president to take in the women and their families and bought half a sheep for the wedding of the daughter of a Taliban commander to get the people through a checkpoint without passports.

“This is the time of Schindler’s List,” Baroness Kennedy said. “These women were in mortal danger. They were running courts on issues like domestic violence and child marriage and many of them were locking up Taliban. As soon as the Taliban came back, they had to flee.”

Baroness Kennedy is head of the Human Rights Section of the International Bar Association, which had helped train women lawyers and judges in Afghanistan.