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2017 Winners & Special Commendations


14 joyous winners were awarded a bronze Taurus Trophy at the prize giving ceremony on Friday 20 October 2017.

For those who could not be there / missed the live-stream / want to see it again, the event is available as video-on-demand on the rbb homepage.
Here you can find the list of winners and special commendations, as well as the trailers of the winning productions.
If you’re interested in the top ranking in each category, download the PRIX EUROPA 2017 Winners List from the press material.

PRIX EUROPA Outstanding Achievement Award


On Friday 20 October 2017 Can Dündar was awarded as Best European Journalist of the Year.

Read the excerpt from the laudatory speech by Cilla Benkö, our Steering Committee President:

‘We are arrested’ – you tweeted on the 26 of November 2015, the day you were detained by the
Turkish police and thrown into prison for espionage and accused of being a member of a terrorist

It is on this day that it became obvious to you – and to the rest of the world – that you have to pay a price, a personal price, for doing your work. Your work which consists of searching for the truth as an independent journalist. Of telling the truth as you find it and of informing the world of your findings.

In 2014 you had found and reported on - secret and presumably illegal weapon deliveries to Syrian militia by the Turkish secret service MIT, a truth that was - to put it mildly - ‘uncomfortable’ to the Erdogan regime - and proved life-changing for you.

It is due to this article that you were charged with espionage and sentenced in May 2016 to 5 years and 10 months imprisonment for ‘revealing state secrets’. It is also in effect due to this article that you are now in exile here in Berlin.

As you yourself put it: ‘I had the choice between death and exile. I chose exile’.

You are nominally safe - guarded by security - but don’t feel secure when many within the German Turkish community believe the Erdogan propaganda according to which you are a national traitor. You have every reason to feel depressed and hopeless, to regret writing that article, to curse your fate and your countrymen. But you don’t! You continue. You campaign. You write and you fight - with a smile on your face!
You wrote a book, you write in newspapers, you write online – and you will not be stopped,
not be stopped in your attempt to reach and enlighten your fellow countrymen - and the rest of the world, not be stopped in your attempt to change things in Turkey.

PRIX EUROPA 2017 Awarding Ceremony



Watch the awarding ceremony on demand here! The live stream of the PRIX EUROPA 2017 Awarding Ceremony will start at 17:00 on Friday, 20 October:

Join your colleagues from all over Europe from the comfort of your home couch on this exciting moment and see who takes the trophies home!

The stream of the awarding ceremony will also be available on demand from 21:30.
The winners with credits and short trailers will be published on our website after the ceremony is over.