Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2023

Am 4. Mai wird zum zweiten Mal der Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis in Hamburg verliehen – für…

„Selten war es so deutlich: Die Menschheit und ihr Planet brauchen Veränderung. Für Frieden und Freiheit. Für Umwelt und Klima. Für Chancengleichheit und sozialen Ausgleich“, sagt Uwe Jean Heuser, Juryvorsitzender des Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftpreises.…

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From the "workshop of the world" to "systemic rival"?

30. - 31. März | Interdisciplinary conference: International Perspectives on a Global…

“Global economic powerhouse”, “equal partner”, “global investor”, “aggressor”, “strategic rival” or “force for peace” – international perspectives on a global China are diverse and even contrasting. In 2023, ten years after China launched its…

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Helmut und Loki Schmidt auf der chinesischen Mauer

Helmut Schmidt und China – Ein Brückenbauer

Die deutsch-chinesischen Beziehungen im Spiegel der Zeit – Konferenz zu internationalen…

Liebe Leser*innen,

zehn Jahre nach Chinas Bekanntgabe der Belt and Road Initiative, ein chinesisches Infrastrukturprojekt mit ambitioniertem globalem Ausmaß, wird die Bundesregierung 2023 die erste deutsche China-Strategie vorstellen.


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Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

To me, press freedom is everything. Without independent media, there is no democracy. We need to fight for it for the sake of every generation — because those in power, whether in autocracies or democracies, do not benefit from accountability and will inevitably work to undermine journalism.

Melissa Chan


Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

Democracy dies with lies and it cannot exist without a well-informed electorate. It is a never-ending fight against corruption at all levels of society. Without a free press, democracy is merely a facade. As an academic and a former journalist, fighting for democracy with a range of tools is a civic duty for me.

Edit Zgut

Journalist and political scientist

Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

I believe that in every society in the world, freedom of the press is non-negotiable. Unfortunately, we have seen a huge decline in recent years. [...] The case of Julian Assange ultimately revealed that Western societies tend to imitate autocratic regimes and even work with them instead of working against them with us. 

Emran Feroz

Journalist and author

Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

For me, press freedom means journalists speaking up among themselves and to power with integrity, honesty and sincerity. To achieve this goal, it is essential that media firms and owners do not stifle journalists. This will help to pave the way and provide answers to the press freedom challenges that exist in our societies.

Tobore Ovuorie

Journalist & recipient of the 2021 Deutsche Welle Freedom of Speech Award

Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

As crises spread around the globe, freedom of the press is deteriorating and gender-based discrimination is increasing. But freedom of the press as a fundamental human right and the ability to speak up for gender equality and justice are essential for creating and maintaining democratic societies.

Fawzya El-Shami


Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

It is the job and duty of the press to hold the powerful to account. Brave journalism is important for society, but it can lead to resistance and repression from those in power. That’s why everyone must fight for press freedom. It is a human right that benefits all of us.

Andre Meister


Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

“Speaking up” is even more difficult since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In Russia and Belarus, independent journalists work from exile or risk imprisonment. In Ukraine, journalists risk their lives. Respect and solidarity to all who continue reporting, which is essential to counter relentless propaganda.

Valerie Hopkins

International correspondent

Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

As journalists, we are committed to a high ethos: the pursuit of truth. This makes us guardians of democracy and defenders of the democratic values that hold our society together. The freedom of the press is one of the most valuable assets we have and must be defended.

Düzen Tekkal

Journalist and Founder of HÁWAR.help

Illustriertes Porträt auf rotem Hintergrund.

The cost of spreading information in Belarus can be as high as years in jail, wounds from live ammunition, physical violence, searched apartments and sudden exile abroad. Journalism in a dictatorial regime is dangerous. Yet it also brings an important sense of mission: we work to bring people the truth.

Hanna Liubakova

Journalist, writer & activist