"Axel Springer Honorary Prize" for Ayaan Hirsi Ali




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02.04.12

"Axel Springer Honorary Prize" for Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Dutch publicist Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be awarded the "Axel Springer Honorary Prize" on 10 May 2012. The Axel Springer Academy honors the Somali-born women's rights campaigner and critic of Islam within the framework of the “Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists” for her courageous commitment – her approach to freedom and her courage to express a nonconformist opinion. The Honorary Prize is endowed with 25,000 euros sponsored by Friede Springer, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Axel Springer Prize for Young Journalists. Dutch author Leon de Winter will hold the laudatory speech.

Marc Thomas Spahl, Director of the Axel Springer Academy: "In the year we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Axel Springer’s birth, this prize stands as a beacon for freedom of expression, and thereby also freedom of the press. Ayaan Hirsi Ali stands for the uncompromising struggle for the rights of Muslim women. We were particularly impressed by the fact that she was never lost for a courageous word, even at great personal risk. With the prize, which is also a role model prize, we want to encourage young journalists and publicists and show them their commitment is worthwhile and that they can make a difference."

The Axel Springer Prize has been awarded to the best up-and-coming journalists in the German-speaking world since 1991. The winners in the print, television, radio and Internet categories will be announced at the award ceremony on 10 May 2012. Prize money totaling 54,000 euros will be awarded in these categories.

The Axel Springer Academy is the most modern school of journalism in Germany. Every year, 40 young journalists learn their trade from scratch. There is a particular focus on comprehensive research training and cross-media work. Applications for the course starting in 2013 may be submitted between now and 1 June 2012 at www.axel-springer-akademie.de.

Press Contact Axel Springer SE: Michael Schneider
Tel: +49 30 2591 77644