During a ceremony held yesterday in Baden-Baden, Germany, George Clooney received the prestigious Deutscher Medienpreis (German Media Award) for the peacekeeping and humanitarian work that he has taken on around the world in recent years. Clooney has used his fame and popularity for good by drawing attention to problems and crises that normally do not receive attention that they deserve.
One of the issues that especially caught the Jury’s attention was the work being done by George Clooney in the Darfur region of Sudan, which has seen troubling amounts of murder, rape, and starvation. In late 2010, Clooney cofounded the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) to further document the Darfur situation by looking for evidence of human rights abuses through ground contact and photos of threatened areas taken by DigitalGlobe satellites.
The Deutscher Medienpreis commented on their decision by stating that “the mobilisation of public opinion and the publicity gained had become a bulwark against atrocities and violence. Clooney’s words and actions, as well as his pictures and documentations, give vulnerable human beings who are pushed aside with no protection a face, a voice and hope.”
Since 1992, this award honoring individuals who have made an impact to society has gone to many outstanding people from around the world, including Bono, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Source: Deutscher Medienpreis
Photo: Deutschen Medienpreis organizers Karlheinz and Dagmar Kögel with George Clooney