Raif to be awarded The Franco-German Journalism Prize 2015
The Franco-German Journalism Prize is to be awarded to Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi. The organisers want to support the global efforts to release the 31-year-old. Because of his demand for social liberalisation the Internet activist was sentenced last year to ten years imprisonment, 1000 lashes and to pay a fine of 200,000 euros. Raif survived the first 50 lashes in January only with serious injuries.
The Franco-German Journalism Prize (DFJP) was created in 1983 by Saarland Radio. The other members of DFJP are Germany Radio, ZDF, France Télévisions, Saarbrücker Zeitung, ARTE, Robert Bosch Stiftung, German wave, Le Républicain Lorrain, Radio France, Franco-German Youth Office, Franco-German University, German Council on Foreign Relations and the Robert Schuman Foundation.
The Award Ceremony will be on July 1st in Paris. The organisers are the DFJP in cooperation with the German Society for Foreign Policy (DGAP) and the The Robert Schuman Foundation.
The Big Franco-German Media Prize has been awarded to the international artists' association "Cartooning for Peace". Under the umbrella of "Cartooning for Peace" cartoonists have joined together from around the world to campaign for a global dialogue of cultures and for the right to freedom of expression.
The chairman of the Franco-German Prize for Journalism and Director of Saarland Radio, Professor Thomas Kleist, said to justify the award ceremony, "just after the terrible terrorist attacks in January on the French satirical magazine 'Charlie Hebdo' and a short time later on a cultural center in Copenhagen it comes to set a sign for freedom of the press while maintaining respect for those who think differently. "
Proof of this are the numerous exhibitions around the world and the dialogue events, which the association holds regularly in different countries. "A drawing can be more than a thousand words, often holding up powerful mirror which reveals the deficiencies in social and social interaction at a glance." They make with a sharp pen one thing clear: that respect for human dignity is a universal right regardless of the religion and other cultural differences.
Kleist emphasized that the award of the Grand Franco-German Media Prize on "Cartooning for Peace" should be a sign and an encouragement to all journalists and signatories not to be intimidated.
"Cartooning for Peace", whose honorary president is the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, was founded in 2006 on the initiative of the French cartoonist "Plantu". The 64-year-old since the seventies has mainly worked for the daily newspaper Le Monde. Jean Plantureux is one of the world's best-known political cartoonists and many of his drawings regarding Franco-German relations are now an integral part of the friendship between the two countries and Europe, and have added to better mutual understanding.