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In 1993, the United Nations proclaimed 3 May as the “ World Day of Freedom of the Press”. This event is intended in particular to remind governments of their duty to guaranty freedom of expression. The latter reflects the democratic vitality and pluralism of a society. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Erasmushogeschool Brussel, BOZAR, the Evens Foundation, and iMinds, have, along with other partners, dubbed this day “Difference Day” to honour the persons and organisations who make a difference by defending and promoting these values. On Tuesday 3 May, don’t miss the conferences, discussions, exhibitions, and films about this fundamental theme which concerns us all.

PROGRAM

12:30 - 13:30 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 speech - by European Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy & Society

14:00 - 15:00 Debate : Media (un)censored : women journalists in Turkey

14:00 - 15 00 Debate : EU Media, Censorship & Propaganda

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 - 16: 30 Debate : Looking for Trouble

14:45 - 15:15 Coffee break

15:30 - 16:30 Débat : World Wide Worries About Free Reporting

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 - 18:00 Live Magazine

18:00 - 18:30 Bar

18:30 - 19:30 Award Ceremony for Freedom of Expression
* World level - WAN The Golden Pen of Freedom
* European level - Press Cartoon Europe
* Belgian level - Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression

20:00 - 21:30 Networking Evening

20:00 - 21:30 Film Spotlight

Exhibitions :
* Droits dans les yeux - Amnesty International Photo Expo
* Burundi door de ogen van een journalist / Burundi : un regard d’un journaliste - Photo Expo
* Press Cartoon Europe

* In Their Press Vests: A virtual reality experience on the daily work of Syrian journalists - UNESCO

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