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Headline: Axel Springer received Freedom House Corporate Leadership Award
On 24 May 2016, Axel Springer SE received the Corporate Leadership Award by Freedom House, a global non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. Ralph Büchi, President International of Axel Springer SE, accepted the award at the Institute’s 75th anniversary gala in the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
A total of four prizes were awarded during the gala evening to activists and institutions who stand up for freedom, democracy and human rights throughout the world. Axel Springer received the award because, as a media company, it has been a powerful voice for democracy since its founding in 1946. Special appreciation was accorded to Axel Springer’s five journalistic essentials: for freedom, the rule of law, democracy, a free and social market economy and a united Europe, for the vital rights of the State of Israel, for a liberal community of values of the United States of America and against all forms of political and religious extremism.
“I accept this award on behalf of Axel Springer with great thanks, but above all with humility and as an incentive,” Ralph Büchi said. In his acceptance speech, he pointed out that one is never completely assured of freedom: “Press freedom and the freedom of expression are the foundation of our liberal democracies. Current developments – whether in Russia, Turkey or in individual countries in Eastern Europe – make it clear that we cannot turn a blind eye and we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated.”
The other award winners in 2016 are: Hala Aldosari, a leading Saudi Arabian human rights activist together with Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi woman in the Iraqi Parliament, along with US Senator Richard J. Durbin, who campaigns for the release of political prisoners, and Hector Horacio Magnetto, CEO of Clarin, the largest media group in Argentina.
The international non-governmental organization Freedom House was founded in 1941 and has set itself the task of supporting liberal democracies around the world. Freedom House publishes the internationally acclaimed studies “Freedom in the World” and “Freedom of the Press” annually.