November 22, 2013
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.