Amsterdam/Copenhagen/London, 7 January 2015
The board of the European Press Prize expresses horror and revulsion at the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo. Journalism is the underpinning of freedom. Humour is an expression of humanity. Those who launched this onslaught are enemies of both freedom and humanity. The European Press Prize seeks to honour the finest journalism in our continent. Today its founders honour the voice of Charlie Hebdo. We shall remember it, and find ways of saluting it, when we meet at our awards ceremony in Copenhagen this year.
The European Press Prize was founded by seven media foundations: the Foundation for Democracy and Media, the Veronica Association, the Guardian Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Jyllands-Posten Foundation, the Politiken Foundation and the Media Development Investment Fund. The founding place of the prize is De Balie in Amsterdam. The European Press Prize considers the elevation of journalism as a constant, urgent imperative.