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Difference Day

donderdag, 3 mei, 2018 - 10:00
Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussel

In 1993 the United Nations General Assembly declared May 3rd as the World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness on 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.

The events in Paris of January 7th, 2015 (Charlie Hebdo), where eight journalists were killed, were the manifestation of a sad and horrible trend. Since 1992 more than 1100 journalists have been killed ‘in the line of duty’. More than one-third of the world’s population lives in countries that do not have a free press.

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université Libre de Bruxelles and Erasmushogeschool Brussel, BOZAR, & Evens Foundation, together with other partners (WAN, EBU, ACT, MPAA, European Commission, UNESCO, European Parliament) designate May 3rd as Difference Day.

For us celebrating freedom of the press and freedom of expression means honouring people and organisations that make a difference in protecting and promoting these values.

Programme & registration: www.differenceday.com