28 November 2022. Tim Kohnen, participant of this year’s M100 Young European Journalists Workshop, together with his colleague Julius E. O. Fintelmann has launched today the news platform The European Correspondent.
“The European Correspondent is a new kind of media organisation”, Tim and Julius say. “European at birth, we look beyond national borders to identify the challenges of our time. We believe that citizens across Europe need to be aware of the power dynamics, actions, and decision-making processes that drive this continent. Our team, consisting of journalists from all over Europe, deliver independent, fair, and in-depth reporting on the events that impact the everyday lives of those who live here. European journalism is an experiment”, Tim and Julius point out: “Together with our readers, we want to try out a diverse range of ideas and define what European journalism could and should look like. We are far from offering a final product – instead, we want to invite our readers to join us on this adventure.”
Independent news for and about Europe is more important than ever. That is why M100 supports this inspiring and courageous project by Tim, Julius and their team and wishes many readers and more supporters!
“In these few hours, an extraordinary wide range of issues has been tackled by a similarly wide range of speakers,” said Hella Pick, doyenne of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and a participant since the first edition in 2005, summing up the 18th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. “The title of our conference is ‘War and Peace – A New World Order‘. That’s a broad brief, and I don’t think anyone expected a blueprint to emerge!
The reports of the Strategic Working Groups have already given all of us an overview of the discussions and the conclusions that have been reached. I am sure that all of us who came here today believe that the world, and specifically Europe has become a dangerous incendiary place. Even so it has been sobering to listen to expert analysis of the growing dangers to democracy; or learn more about the war in Ukraine and its repercussions for Europe and the wider world. And turning to our media world we always need to be reminded about the threat to free speech. But in that context, it was equally important to tackle Europe’s long-standing struggle to gain autonomy for itself in the digital battlefield.” read more Summary of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium
Potsdam, 28 October 2022. Meera Selva, CEO Internews Europe, UK, about the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium:
“It was so important to talk about the importance of journalism and the role that journalists play in fighting misinformation, but more importantly in creating a healthy information environment that benefits all of society and benefits democracy. We see this as a vital subject in Ukraine, across Europe, but also across the world. It’s a battle we are all fighting and it was very important that the conference discussed these issues in this setting.
The M100 Media Award given to the people of Ukraine is one of the most moving ceremonies I have witnessed to see the sacrifices and to see the effort and to see the conviction of what they are fighting for and why they are fighting, expressed on stage, was very beautiful to see.”
I am very moved, especially because I was not expecting to hear these words, which are like an embrace for me. So I want to thank you for this award, for the incredibly moving words of Giovanni di Lorenzo, for this wonderful sky that has welcomed me to Potsdam, and also to thank the Federal Chancellor for her touching words, and for her encouraging presence. Because the awareness raised heartens me a lot more than words. Roberto Saviano, M100 Media Award laureate 2016
It is a great honour for me to be here and receive this great price. It's a very big day for me. I thank Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dr. Joachim Gauck for the kind and strong words, and for their appreciation. Thank you, I will never forget this day! Kurt Westergaard, danish cartoonist, M100 Media Award laureate 2010
At the same time, today’s prize is an appeal to all persons who hold positions of responsibility in governments, in culture and in the media: be steadfast, value-oriented and also COURAGEOUS when irresponsible persons and powers undermine or relativise our values of freedom. It is a virtue to yield to a convincing argument, but it is cowardice to yield to a threat from enemies of freedom. Joachim Gauck in his laudation to Kurt Westergaard, 2010
I receive [this award] with an immense joy, happiness and humility also, because I think by being with you today here, I am receiving this price in the name of those who are still suffering in the jungle of Colombia and of those in the world that are living in similar conditions and who cannot speak for themselves freely. Ingrid Betancourt, M100 Media Award laureate 2008
But I have to say that in our modern society the media has a very, very particular responsibility, also for the European idea. And I hope that the event today – and the events which will follow – will help us to communicate better, to explain better and to convince people that Europe – and acknowledging all the problems, the mistakes and the deficits – […] that at the end of the day the idea of European integration is the best idea that we have ever developed in our history. Günther Verheugen, former EU-Commissioner, in his keynote speech 2005