This year’s “Media Freedom Award” goes to Yulia Navalnaya and, posthumously, to Alexei Navalny. The awards ceremony will take place at the Ludwig Erhard Summit | The Tegernsee Summit is held. Navalnaya will personally accept the award. The eulogy speech will be given by CDU leader Friedrich Merz. The organizer of the political and economic congress, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, is the WEIMER MEDIA GROUP (WMG).

The jury statement states: “Julia Navalnaya is the brave leading figure of the resistance movement in Russia. After the death of her husband Alexei, who died on February 16, 2024 in a Siberian prison camp at the hands of Vladimir Putin's torture henchmen, she is the leader of the democratic awakening in Russia. For many years, the Navalnys have been the most prominent opposition activists to Putin's despotism. In a speech to the European Parliament, Navalnaya warned the world about Putin, that “he was not a politician, but a bloodthirsty monster.” The free world calls on you to hold Putin accountable for his war of aggression against Ukraine. The Navalny couple are being honored for their brave, non-violent fight against a brutal dictatorship in Russia. They are the faces of a better, new, free and democratic Russia. “They are resistance heroes of our time who are willing to sacrifice their lives for a better world.”

Previous winners included Kasparov and Zelensky.

The “Media Freedom Award” is awarded to public figures who make a special commitment to freedom of expression, political dialogue and democracy. In 2023, Garry Kasparov was honored, in previous years Volodymyr Zelenskyj and Mikhail Gorbachev, among others.

In addition to the awards ceremony, another highlight of the summit program is the television program of the party leaders. On the third day of the conference, Friday, April 19 at 6:10 p.m., Saskia Esken, federal president of the SPD, Ricarda Lang, federal president of Alliance 90/The Greens, Wolfgang Kubicki, vice president of the Free Democrats, and Friedrich Merz, president of the CDU, will discuss the important issues of our time. Media partner ntv broadcasts live. Representatives of the AfD, the left and the Sahara Wagenknecht Alliance are not invited.

“The Ludwig Erhard Summit is an open platform for the broad center. We do not provide a stage for extremists, enemies of democracy and opponents of the European Union. With this summit we consciously commit ourselves to Europe,” stated the host editors of WMG, Christiane Goetz-Weimer and Wolfram Weimer, before the start of the summit, making their position clear.