The award goes equally to the “Spiegel” reporter Christoph Reuter and to the editors of OstWest TV in Berlin. The organizers announced this on Thursday in Hamburg.
Reuter was honored for his “outstanding achievements” in reporting on the attack on Ukraine. OstWest TV received the award for “courageous commitment to informing a Russian-speaking public, which can almost only get their picture of the events from state-controlled media”.
The special award goes to the editors of the news program “logo!” in the children’s channel (KiKA), “particularly for their careful and honest reporting on the Ukraine conflict in a program for children”. The prize will be awarded on November 10th in Hamburg. The main prize is endowed with a total of 5000 euros and will be divided accordingly. The special prize is endowed with 2500 euros.
“The way in which Christoph Reuter now combines print and podcasts, online videos and TV documentaries, TV interviews and appearances as a talk show guest in his work can be seen as the answer in a multimedia world of communication and is groundbreaking,” praised the jury. “In the current Ukraine reporting, Reuters contributions on all channels have become essential for Germany’s image of the war. They have a formative effect because they were extremely credible from the start.”
The Berlin broadcaster said: “Since February 24, OstWest TV has offered a refuge for threatened journalists from Russia and Ukraine. It is the last independent Russian language channel in Europe. In this way, the editorial team – with a very small staff of 30 employees – is able to do something indispensable in times of war: independent reporting that is committed to the facts.”