US President Donald Trump's attacks on journalists pose a new challenge for the media. That is why the White House Correspondents Association has been honored with DW’s 2017 Freedom of Speech Award.
Deutsche Welle said the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) had maintained high standards in its reporting.
"The White House Correspondents' Association is a guarantor for the control of those in power," DW Director General Peter Limbourg said "We have complete trust in the democracy in the United States of America. This entails that we are reliant on a strong media."
Limbourg added that attacks on journalists' credibility by US President Donald Trump posed a new challenge for the media in a country that holds democratic principles in high regard.
WHCA President Jeff Mason said he was deeply humbled and honored to receive the prize, saying his association "fights every day for the rights of reporters to cover leaders who make policies that affect the entire world."