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Wednesday night, on World Press Freedom day, VUB and ULB presented a joint award to the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). VUB-rector Caroline Pauwels and ULB-rector Yvon Englert presented the Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression to Margo Smit, who represented the network. The award ceremony took place during Difference Day at Bozar, a day long event on press freedom, with debates, lectures and talks - including an exclusive livestream with whistleblower Edward Snowden - and numerous other activities. The theme for Difference Day this year was fake news


The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international union of non-profit organisations that support and promote research journalism. GIJN was founded in 2003 at the world conference for research journalism in Copenhagen. The network joins 145 member organisations in 62 countries.


It was already the third time that the two Brussels universities awarded the Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression. Last year the laureates were Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui and author Djemila Benhabib. In 2015 the title went to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.