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Two turkish journalists awarded from Leipzig Media Foundation

Sparkasse Media Foundation awards 2016 Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media to Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül will be awarded the 2016 Prize for the Freedom and Future of the Media, sponsored by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation. “This year’s list of nominees included many journalists and media organisations that make great and honest efforts to defend freedom of speech in their home countries or even in a cross-border context,” explains Stephan Seeger, Managing Director of the Media Foundation.

“With the joint award for Can Dündar and Erdem Gül we honour two journalists who represent many of their colleagues in Turkey and elsewhere: They pursue their journalistic profession in an independent and unbiased manner – despite politically motivated persecution, threats of imprisonment or dangers to life and limb. The fact that four Turkish journalists (Ahmed Altan, Nedim Şener, Can Dündar and Erdem Gül) have been awarded our prize in recent years, is a sign of the state of press freedom in Turkey,” Seeger continues. The award is worth 30,000 euros and will be bestowed in two equal halves to both journalists.

Can Dündar and Erdem Gül intend to accept the prize and will receive it at the award ceremony on 7 October 2016 in Leipzig (unless they are prevented from taking part in the ceremony).


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