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His Holiness the Dalai Lama receives the German Media Prize

February 12, 2009

10 February 2009
Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa
Representative of H. H. the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama this evening received the German Media Prize
in Baden Baden, Germany.

“This Award from the media is of special significance,” said His
Holiness the Dalai Lama. “In democracy, freedom of press is essential to
inform the public about the truth. The truth must been know”, he said.

On his arrival at the hotel, a traditional Tibetan welcome song and
dance was presented to His Holiness by the Tibetan Community in
Switzerland and Liechtenstein’s dance group who were especial invited
for the ceremony.

As the Tibetan national anthem was sung at the start of the German Media
Prize ceremony, Tibetan national flag was shown on large video screens
on the stage. Guest wore Tibetan national flag pins on their jacket.

During His Holiness’ address, he emphasized his three commitments –
human value, religious harmony and the Tibetan issue. His Holiness spoke
at length the importance of determination and compassion. On the issue
of Tibet, he said that situation in Tibet was very tense.

“The preservation of the Tibetan culture is important not only for the
Tibetans but for millions of other Asian population. It is one of the
important religions of the world,” he said.

Mr. Roland Koch, the Prime Minister of the German state of Hesse, in his
eulogy said His Holiness the Dalai Lama was a special person in the
world and history. His Holiness had managed to make people curious about
the fate of Tibetans and the nonviolent self-determination of Tibet.

He said there are sharp shooters positioned in tall buildings and lots
of security forces in uniform carrying machine guns in Lhasa. However,
we don’t see any pictures because for the last 12 months, Tibet has been
closed to the media and no pictures are being allowed out.

Mr. Koch a friend of the Tibetan leader for over 20 years is one of the
senior politicians in German. He said, “What message will be give to the
next generation, if we don’t support a peaceful struggle.”

A 20-member jury consisting of Germany's most important and influential
media chief editors voted His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the 2008 Award.

The award announcement said, "In a time of religious tension,
self-destructive, addiction to profit and ongoing violations of human
rights, the Dalai Lama actively advocates reconciliation, tolerance,
humility and respect. He represents the non-violent struggle for the
rights of the Tibetan people, a struggle he has been leading for over 50
years from exile in India."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was in Venice in the morning to receive
Honorary Citizenship of Venice.

Tomorrow His Holiness will return to New Delhi, India.
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