Founded in Montpellier in 1985, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) documents violations of freedom of the press and information worldwide and alerts the public when journalists and their staff are in danger.
RSF works for more security and better protection for journalists, fights online and offline against censorship, against the use and export of censorship software and against restrictive media laws.
We are grateful for the long-term strong partnership!
The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ), which takes place since 2005, has helped to establish a strong network of young journalists from all over Europe. Many of them are still interconnected today.
At the moment we are establishing an active M100 alumni group with former participants to network even more closely with each other and exchange ideas on topics such as democracy, press freedom and journalism, climate change, factchecking, data, education and much more. Together we want to launch projects and initiate and conduct seminars and intergenerational debates with other partners.
We would like to thank the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, which supports the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium from the very beginning! We are also very happy about this strong partnership!
The Medienboard ensures the national and international presentation and profiling of Berlin-Brandenburg as a film and media location and supports measures for the development, professionalisation and presentation of Berlin-Brandenburg as a film and media location.
Human Rights Watch has been a partner of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium for many years and supports the conference primarily with expertise on the topics of democracy and human rights.
Germany Director Wenzel Michalski joined Human Rights Watch in September 2010 where he is responsible for communications and advocacy. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Michalski worked in journalism for more than 20 years, specializing in news and current affairs. He served as managing editor, presenter, and London bureau chief for ProSiebenSat1, one of Germany’s leading broadcasters. Prior to that, he was commissioning editor for documentaries at ARD/NDR public television. In his position, Michalski works towards giving Germany a stronger voice in support of human rights. Michalski graduated from Hamburg University, where he studied history and politics.
The renowned international media manager and journalist Wolfgang Blau will give the opening speech at this year’s M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) about “Reporting in Crises and the Crisis in Reporting”. In his keynote he will address how Covid-19 coverage offers lessons for reporting on the climate crisis.
Blau was global Chief Operating Officer & President, International at Condé Nast, served as Executive Director of Digital Strategy at The Guardian and as Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, a position that won him Germany’s Chief Editor of the Year award. Currently, he is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he studies the intersection of journalism and the climate crisis.
We mourn the loss of Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who died on 14 July 2021, one day after his 86th birthday. Our thoughts are with his wife Gitte and his family and friends, to whom we extend our heartfelt condolences.
Kurt Westergaard received the M100 Media Awardon 8 September 2010 in recognition of hisunwavering commitment to freedom of speech and expression. For his courage in standing by these democratic values and defending them regardless of threats of violence and death.
“From Crisis in Perpetuity to Democratic Resilience” is the title of the 17th edition of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, which will take place on 6 October 2021 as a hybrid format online and in the baroque palace theatre of the Neues Palais in Potsdam. Around 100 media and opinion makers are invited to discuss in various sessions leadership (post-)Corona, how we can handle an era of seemingly “perpetual crises,” and the responsibility of and current challenges facing the media in this situation.
Three online moduls between 10th September and 2nd October, 2021
In times of crisis, it is especially important that people are informed factually and comprehensively by the media; events need to be explained, meaningfully contextualized, and, ultimately, evaluated. The uncertainty caused by crises and the reality of an increasingly confusing world, only serves to increase the need for orientation and information.
We have seen media consumption increase rapidly during the Covid-crisis – and not only in Germany – both in terms of access and subscription figures for digital offerings, as well as in high ratings for news and special broadcasts on TV and radio. Media contributions are shared particularly frequently on social platforms.
The National Endowment for Democracy NED, long-term partner and supporter of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop, has published a series on “Sharp Ppower and Democratic Resilience”, which is also the issue of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquium.
About the Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience Series:
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