M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and M100 Media Award 2023


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Astrid Frohloff on the justification of the M100 Media Award to #WomenLifeFreedom

8. September 2023. Astrid Frohloff, TV presenter, journalist and M100 Advisory Board member, on the reasons for honouring the #WomenLifeFreedom movement of Iran with the M100 Media Award this year, which will be accepted by Iranian women’s rights activist Shima Babaei in Potsdam on 14 September:
“The resistance of courageous women in Iran is deeply impressive. Many women are risking their freedom and sometimes their lives to protest against decades of gender inequality and discrimination against women in Iran. M100 supports women’s struggle for fundamental freedoms by honouring the Women, Life, Freedom Movement of Iran and advocating for an immediate end to state violence and the safe release of thousands of politically imprisoned citizens.”
The laudatory speech at #WomenLifeFreedom will be held by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission. The event will be streamed live from 6 pm (CET).

M100YEJ Rina Zhubi: Climate change not a political but a scientific issue

5 September 2023. Does journalism need to change in the face of climate change –  or not? This is one of the questions we asked the applicants for this year’s M100 Young European Journalism Workshop (M100YEJ), which starts next Sunday, 10 September, at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Potsdam. The answers were very diverse and are sure to spark heated discussions at the workshop.

For example, participant Rina Zhubi believes: “While the principles of objectivity and balance have long been considered the holy grail of truth-telling in journalism, the approach inadvertently creates a false balance in climate reporting, preventing the public from seeing the clear scientific picture of climate change. Climate change shouldn’t be considered a political story but a science story.”

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Only two weeks to go!

31 August 2023. Two weeks from today, the 19th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and the M100 Media Award Ceremony will take place in Potsdam!
This year’s international media conference will once again welcome high-level international representatives from the media, academia and politics to discuss the state and future of democracy in times of war and geopolitical tension, strategies for strengthening democratic resilience and the future of journalistic media in times of ChatGPT and disinformation from a global perspective in the unique historical setting of the Orangery in Sanssouci Park.

We are particularly pleased to welcome Indian bestselling author and essayist Pankaj Mishra, who will take a critical look at the Western understanding of democracy from the perspective of the Global South. Pankaj Mishra’s speech will be streamed live from 10:00 to 10:30 am (CET) on the M100 website.

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