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 …


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.  


Vooral ouderen verspreiden nepnieuws via Facebook

Onderzoek verspreiding nepnieuws Oudere Facebookgebruikers die weinig links delen, verspreiden vaker nepnieuws dan jonge gebruikers die veel links verspreiden. Read More @NRC.nl


Malta ‘identifies masterminds’ of Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Investigative journalist’s murder last year stunned the small island country and prompted international condemnation. Authorities on Malta have identified several people believed to be behind the murder of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, according to local media. The 53-year-old was killed in October 2017 when a powerful bomb exploded in her car as she drove …


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 …


EU anti-propaganda unit gets €1m a year to counter Russian fake news

East Stratcom taskforce will be funded from EU budget for first time after summit highlights threat from ‘cyber-attacks and fake news’ READ MORE @the Guardian  


How Saudi Arabia kept contradicting itself over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

AFTER more than two weeks of international pressure, Saudi Arabia finally came clean. In its most recent admission, the kingdom claimed journalist Jamal Khashoggi had died after he entered into a fight with Saudi officials who had been sent to meet him. The past 17 days have seen the kingdom’s story rapidly changing, with Riyadh …