CIVIS Media Prize 2019 | Greeting ANNETTE WIDMANN-MAUZ

Flying the flag – for diversity and integration in Europe! For more than 30 years the CIVIS Media Prize has advocated common understanding and peaceful coexistence in Europe.

As a European media prize, CIVIS thus makes an important contribution in turbulent times by breathing life into the motto of the European Union: United in Diversity, in varietate concordia. Immediately before the elections to the European Parliament, it sends a strong signal to all Europeans. Furthermore, with the prize ceremony being held on the day that celebrates the implementation of the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany, CIVIS underlines: Human dignity is inviolable – in Germany, in Europe, worldwide.

The Media Prize calls for contributions that address society’s diversity – in broadcasting, in the cinema and online. It is an incentive to defend our democratic values and to break new ground in the issues of migration and integration – beyond the prejudices and clichés that constantly seek to inhabit public debate.

I wish all nominees, and everyone involved, every success at the 2019 prize ceremony!

Annette Widmann-Mauz
Minister of State, Comissioner of the Federal Government for Migration, Refugees and Integration