Media & Society

Out of the Dark


The Snowden-revelations exposed the global system of mass surveillance run by the NSA, GCHQ and their collaborators. They also shed light on the state of press freedom in the western world. Many European citizens were shocked by the British government’s handling of the Guardian and perceived it as an attempt to censor the British press. DER SPIEGEL received the Special Award by the European Press Prize for their "persistence and courage in publishing the NSA stories". Persistence and courage should be at the heart of any investigative journalistic activity but seem to be an exception today. This session will reflect on the state of press freedom in Germany and the US and will ask what factors caused some media the chance to shine during one of the darkest hours of post-war press freedom whilst stayed in the dark.


Jacob Appelbaum (Freelance Journalist, DER SPIEGEL)

Ole Reißmann (Editor, SPIEGEL ONLINE)