Our congratulations go to Sedat Ergin, the winner of the second annual DW Freedom of Speech Award on Thursday. The editor-in-chief of the daily “Hurriyet,” Ergin has been on trial since March for allegedly insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ergin said he was “honored to receive the prize that stands for the preservation of press freedom worldwide.”
DW Director-General Limbourg called Ergin a “worthy prize recipient” and stressed the importance of standing up for freedom of expression.
“We cannot just look the other way and remain silent when journalists, artists and scientists are being systematically intimidated and harassed by authorities,” Limbourg said.