A number of Belgian and international organisations, including the European Parliament and UNESCO, have nominated 3 May ‘Difference Day’ to honour the people and organisations that make a difference in protecting freedom of expression and the press.
To mark the occasion, the organisers will host a series of events in Brussels dealing with various aspects of freedom of expression and the press, including debates on fake news and the role of technology.
On the day, a number of awards will also be presented:
- WAN: The Golden Pen of Freedom
- Evens Foundation: Prize for European Journalism 2017
- IMEC: Press for More Award for Original and Better Journalism
- Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression, granted by the Brussels University Alliance (VUB/ULB)
The organisers include Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Erasmushogeschool Brussel, BOZAR, Evens Foundation, imec, WAN, EBU, ACT, MPAA and the European Commission. The event takes place under the patronage of UNESCO and the European Parliament.
The EPC is a partner organisation and supports the goals of Difference Day.
The date, 3 May, coincides with World Press Freedom Day, an initiative launched by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
For registration and more details, see here.