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Hamburg to host first "Week of Press Freedom"

17 August 2023
Events to focus on importance of reporting and freedom of expression from September 11-15, 2023

The first "Week of Press Freedom" in Hamburg will be held under the theme of "Freedom for the Truth" from September 11-15, 2023. The agenda features panel dscussions, workshops and exhibitions to raise awareness of the importance of free reporting and expression for democracy and a free liberal society. Initiated by the Körber Foundation and the Zeit-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, other partners include the Ministry of Culture and Media, the North German Broadcasting Corporation (NDR) and Netzwerk Recherche.

Contributing to a free democracy and open society

"Democracy is inconceivable without free journalistic reporting. As advocates of social discourse, journalists guarantee that information and orientation are possible," said Dr Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media. Free media are a thorn in the side of autocrats in particular, but freedom of the press is also coming under increasing pressure in Germany, he said. Dr. Lothar Dittmer, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Körber Foundation, said: "We see 'Press Freedom Week', which we initiated with the Zeit Foundation, as a means of pointing out the special value of press freedom for a free democracy and open society." Manuel J. Hartung, Chairman of the Board of the Zeit-Stiftung, added: "Democracy needs freedom of the press. Pluralistic opinion-forming - the basis of public debate -  is only possible based on free reporting."

"Exile Media Forum" and "Free Media Awards"

The expected delegates include Turkish journalist Can Dündar and Xifan Yang, the former correspondent of Die Zeit in China. Exiled journalists including independent reporters from Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan and Iran will highlight conditions for free media in crisis-ridden countries.  Events begin with a live broadcast by NDR and the "NDR Info News Fair" with workshops and talks. Other highlights include Germany's "Exile Media Forum" conference", the presentation of the "Free Media Awards" for independent journalists from Eastern Europe, and the opening of the World Press Photo Award exhibition in the Altonaer Museum. A reception will be held in the senate followed by a panel discussion among journalists in exile in City Hall. The public can attend events such as the interactive "House of Commons Debate" or a Reporters Slam backed by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation. More information can be found on the website.


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