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On May 3rd the second edition of Difference Day will take place. The Brussels Platform for Journalism  (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Erasmushogeschool Brussel), Evens Foundation and iMinds organise this day to celebrate freedom of the press and expression.



May 3rd was not chosen randomly, Difference Day shares this important date with World Press Freedom Day. Since 1993 press freedom violations are brought to the public’s attention on this day. On May 3rd people from all over the world contemplate the enormous importance of press freedom and journalism as foundation of our democratic society.


Difference Day Award

The event will start on Tuesday May 3rd at 12h30 with speakers, films, debates and exhibitions that challenge the freedom of expression and press. (see below for the full program)

The highlight of the event will be the Award Ceremony for Freedom of Expression. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles will grant this Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression. Last year the convicted Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi received the award, this year’s recipient has yet to be announced.


Practical information

Date:  Tuesday May 3rd starting 12h30

Location: Centre for fine Arts, BOZAR

Free after registration:  http://www.differenceday.com/event/registration/

Website: www.differenceday.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1126105787424395/

Twitter : #DifferenceDay16


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(all debates and speeches will be held in English unless otherwise expressed)


Permanent Exposition


12h30 – 13h30

  • Opening Ceremony
  • Introduction to Difference Day by Paul Dujardin & Caroline Pauwels
  • Welcome message from UNESCO on World Press Freedom Day by Caroline Hammarberg, Representative of UNESCO’s Communication & Information Sector
  • Keynote by European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society

14h00 - 15h00

Debate 1: Media (un)censored: women journalists in Turkey, in collaboration with European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), co-sponsored by: Willemsfonds & deMens.nu


14h00 - 15h00

Debate 2: EU Media, Censorship & Propaganda, in collaboration with Crosstalks, co-sponsored by: European Commission


15h00 - 15h30

Coffee break


15h30 - 16h30

Debate 3: Looking for Trouble, in collaboration with Crosstalks & deAuteurs


15h30 - 16h30

Debate 4: World Wide Worries About Free Reporting, in collaboration with Crosstalks & Goethe Institute, co-sponsored by: 11.11.11


16h30 - 17h00

Coffee break



Live Magazine


18h00 - 18h30

Pauze – Bar


18h30 - 19h45

Award Ceremony for Freedom of Expression

1.    WAN The Golden Pen of Freedom

2.    Press Cartoon Europe

·         KAP Winner 1st & 3rd Prize PCE

3.    Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression


20h00 - 21h30

Networking Evening


20h00 - 21h30

Film – Spotlight