Alan Rusbridger: ‘we not only need more positive news, but also more positive views!’

As the climate emergency intensifies worldwide, the line between reporting and campaigning needs to be redefined. With the ravaging fire in the Amazon rainforest on one hand and thousands of planned walkouts from jobs and schools worldwide ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit on the other, the pressure is mounting from all sides to tackle the climate crisis. What is …


Difference Day Honorary Title 2019 goes to Marcela Turati

On the evening of Thursday, 2 May, VUB and ULB will present their honorary title for freedom of expression to Marcela Turati, a Mexican freelance journalist who reports on the violation of human rights and the consequences of the Mexican drugs war. She writes for Proceso Magazine, a Mexican news magazine, and Nieman Reports, a …


Honorary Doctorate for Rudi Vranckx and Elena Milashina on Difference Day

Rudi Vranckx and Elena Milashina receive honorary doctorates from VUB and ULB on World Press Freedom Day This coming Friday, 3 May, on World Press Freedom Day, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a number of other partners will host Difference Day, an annual event that stands up for free expression …


Who Controls the truth?

Twee dagen na de Dag van de Arbeid vieren we volgende week een andere feestdag, die minstens zo belangrijk is, maar helaas steeds minder feestelijk. Begin jaren 90 hebben de Verenigde Naties 3 mei uitgeroepen tot Werelddag van de Persvrijheid. Om het belang van een vrije pers wereldwijd in de verf te zetten en om …


Difference Day Under the High Patronage of the European Parliament

We are proud to announce that Difference Day has received the High Patronage of the European Parliament. Please find the respected words by the President Mr Antonio Tajani – European Parliament President: “We must make sure that public opinion is not influenced by fake news, which is deliberately disseminated by countries for exactly that purpose when election …


De oorlog met Desinformatsija

Vergeet kernkoppen, in de krachtmeting tussen Oost en West wordt met informatie gevuurd. Door halve waarheden, leugens of vertrouwelijke gegevens te verspreiden, verstevigt Poetin zijn eigen troon en ondermijnt hij de stabiliteit in het Westen. Read More: DS


Syria, Skripal and MH17: how Bellingcat broke the news

Eliot Higgins first became known for his investigations into the Syrian civil war, which he published on his blog Brown Moses. Higgins then went on to found Bellingcat, an investigative website that uses open source tools to expose the truth behind global news stories.


De tragedie in Nieuw-Zeeland: een wake-upcall voor sociale media?

Het is de incompetentie van Facebook, YouTube en andere sociale platformen (ook die van mediaorganisaties bij ons) om hun fora te controleren en te modereren die mee verantwoordelijk is voor tragedies zoals in Christchurch, zegt Tom Van de Weghe.  


Speakers Corner in Brussels in 2019

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF THE SPEAKERS CORNER? After London (Hyde Park) and some other cities around the world, Brussels will have its own Speakers Corner for at least one day, on May 3rd in BOZAR. A Speakers Corner, is traditionally where a speaker can publicly express his/her opinion freely on current affairs, politics, culture, philosophy …


Difference Day Honorary Title 2018: Daphne Caruana Galizia and her Family