Arnim Joop Receives the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medal

Arnim Joop

Arnim Joop, © Arnim Joop

01.02.2023 - Article

We are pleased to announce that Arnim Joop, editor of the German newspaper “Albertaner” has received the Queen's Platinum Jubilee medal on 20.01.2023.

The Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal was awarded to 7,000 Albertans throughout 2022 in recognition of significant contributions to the province.

The monthly newspaper Albertaner was founded in December 1995 by German-Canadian journalist Arnim Joop in Edmonton. The idea was to create a publication for German-speaking Albertans that reports on current developments in modern Germany, publishes articles about events in the German-Canadian community in Alberta, and addresses multicultural topics. This mix has proven successful for almost 25 years, and the Albertaner is now the only German-language newspaper in Western Canada. Arnim Joop was born and raised in Germany and studied German literature and political science at the University of Hamburg. He worked as a freelance journalist for various newspapers in Hamburg before emigrating to Canada in 1989. There, he initially worked as a reporter and photographer for several Canadian newspapers in southern Alberta before founding the Albertaner in 1995. Since 2008, he also publishes a multicultural neighborhood newspaper in Edmonton called the Mill Woods Mosaic.

Joop has been recognized multiple times for his journalistic work, including receiving the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II (2002) and the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005), and he has won the journalist award from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association three times. In 2002, Joop was one of the main organizers of an aid campaign for flood victims in Saxony and was awarded the Saxon Flood Helper Order by the Prime Minister of the Free State for his efforts.

Joop, who was already the editor-in-chief of a student newspaper in his school days, has been committed for many years to freedom of expression, equality and the defense of human rights, as well as against discrimination and racism.

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