International Campaign for Tibet Snow Lion awards ceremony in Berlin

2013 Snow Lion Award recipients

2013 Snow Lion Award recipients and jury members: Eva Corell (jury), Nathalie Nad-Abonji, Martina Powell (for Mara Simperler), Bernhard Bartsch, Andreas Lorenz (jury). On the right ICT-Germany Executive Director Kai Müller.

Journalists from Germany and Austria were awarded the International Campaign for Tibet Germany’s “Snow Lion” award for their reporting on Tibet at a salon attended by media, writers and supporters of ICT in Berlin on November 16.

The first prizewinner of the award, which recognizes excellence in independent reporting on Tibet and is conferred by an independent jury, was Austrian journalist Mara Simperler for her article “Freedom in Flames” (“Freiheit in Flammen”) which appeared in the Austrian magazine “2012”. Simperler published in-depth interviews with three Tibetans in exile in Dharamsala. Winner of the 2nd prize was German China correspondent Bernhard Bartsch for his article in the “Stuttgarter Zeitung” entitled “Buddha in the heart” (“Mit Buddha im Herzen”) which focused on Chinese interest in Tibetan Buddhism. For the second year running, ICT Germany awarded a research grant for a promising proposal by a young journalist; this year it was awarded to German journalist Nathalie Nad-Abonji for her proposal on Tibetan refugee children in Switzerland.

The ‘Snow Lion’ award jury comprises German journalists Eva Corell and Andreas Lorenz, as well as German actor, filmmaker and author Hannes Jaenicke. At the award ceremony in Berlin, German journalist Thomas Franke presented the ceremony, leading a discussion on how to report on Tibet at a time of lockdown and in a climate of fear.

Chinese author Liao Yiwu, 2012 winner of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, also spoke about how information and propaganda is a ‘battlefield’ in China, about the dangers of present policy in Tibet, and his hopes for the future of Tibet including the importance of the Karmapa as a leading cultural figure in exile.

ICT Communications Director Kate Saunders, based in London, discussed the difficulties, and the importance, of reporting from Tibet. She outlined how sources of information are shifting, and the breath-taking courage of Tibetan sources who want to ensure that their experiences and views are not distorted by Chinese representations.

During the ceremony, which was also attended by a delegation of Tibetan Parliamentarians from Dharamsala led by Speaker Penpa Tsering, German actress Inés Burdow read an unpublished poem written by Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser, sent to Berlin for the ceremony.

Previous awardees were German journalists Christine Adelhardt and Andreas Hilmer (both 2012) and radio journalist Kai Adler (2011). The award is endowed with 2,000 and 1,000 Euro.

Chinese writer Liao Yiwu

Chinese writer Liao Yiwu addresses the “Snow Lion Journalist Award” ceremony.

2013 Snow Lion Award recipients

2013 Snow Lion Award recipients and jury members: Eva Corell (jury), Nathalie Nad-Abonji, Martina Powell (for Mara Simperler), Bernhard Bartsch, Andreas Lorenz (jury). On the right ICT-Germany Executive Director Kai Müller.

German actress Inés Burdow

German actress Inés Burdow recites Tibetan author and blogger Tsering Woeser.

The recipients of the 2013 “Snow Lion Journalist Award”

The recipients of the 2013 “Snow Lion Journalist Award”: Nathalie Nad-Abonji, Martina Powell (for Mara Simperler), Bernhard Bartsch.

Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile

Honorary Guests: Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and Tseten Chhoekyapa, representative of the Dalai Lama in Geneva.

 

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