The International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) honored the German edition of The Epoch Times—Die Neue Epoche —with a special media prize for its "extensive and regular reporting" about violations of human rights in China. The presentation took place last weekend during the annual general meeting of the IGFM in Königstein am Taunus, Germany.
The first prize went to Bernd Ziesemer, editor-in-chief of the Handelsblatt, for his editorial "Ugly China."
Ziesemer stressed in his speech that economic success did not automatically go along with progress in the area of human rights and that businessmen should not become allies of human rights violators.
Edeltraut Rattenhuber of the Süddeutsche Zeitung received the second prize for the article "China Builds a Wall in the Internet." The third prize went to Phillip Eppelsheim for his article "No Opposition, No Suicide, No Escape" for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
In the film section Christof Goldbeck received the special prize as an author of the WDR-television production "The Trip of the Plastic Bottle."
In the book section Dr. Thomas Weyrauch received a special price for "Vexed Dragon," the story of a dying regime, as he himself characterized the book.
The human rights media prizes of the IGFM totaled 5,000 euros (US$6,381) and honored journalists and authors for excellent reporting on the severe violations of human rights in the People's Republic of China.