Difference Day 3 May 2015: Invitation

Difference Day 3 May 2015
We would be honoured to welcome you to the World Press Freedom Day/Difference Day at BOZAR (Hall Henry Le Boeuf) in Brussels on 3 May 2015. VIP speakers from all over the world will draw your attention to press freedom as a fundamental democratic right. It situates press freedom within a wider realm of freedom of speech and of respect for the diversity of opinions. There is an afternoon discussion programme and an award Gala evening.
In 1993, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May as World Press Freedom Day. World Press Freedom Day is about freedom of expression, with respect for the broad variety of voices and views. Freedom of expression implies the respect for opinions of others. It recognises the difference in people and their convictions. To us the World Press Freedom day is therefore Difference Day.


Opening statement by Julia Cag


• Debates on investigative journalism, the dangers of journalistic work, cartoons, Europe in the press
• Screening of Citizenfour (Oscar-winning documentary on Edward Snowden)

• Permanent exhibitions


The European Gala for Freedom of Expression will present four awards:
on a world, a European and a Brussels level:

• World level, awarding an individual journalist – WAN: The Golden Pen of Freedom

• European Level:

– The iMinds Press for More Award for Original and Better Journalism
– The Evens Prize for European Journalism 2015

• The Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression, granted by Brussels University Alliance (VUB and ULB), awarded to Raif Badawi (Saudi Arabia), with an intervention by his wife, Ensaf Haidar


VIP Networking Reception in Hall Horta (invitation only)

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