Location: EhB – Aula A2, Campus Kanal

Slotstraat 28, 1000 Brussel

Time: 12:00 – 14:00


Location: UA Antwerpen
Time: 19:00 – 20:30

2 May 2022

Wat is de toestand van onze democratie?

Democracy Café PEN Vlaanderen en PersKring

Welke impact hebben radicale standpunten en meningen, en hoe giftig zijn sociale media?

Alicja Gescinska gaat in gesprek met Hind Fraihi die zich in haar boek Antipode buigt over radicale standpunten of meningen die ingaan tegen de heersende opinie. Het is pas wanneer ze gisten op een voedingsbodem van frustratie, woede of angst, dat ze kunnen doorschieten naar extremisme. Zelfs het ‘evenwichtige midden’ valt er steeds meer aan ten prooi. Gevoed door brandversnellers van de sociale media ontpopt de ene groep zicht tot de antipode van de andere.

Het zijn rijkgeschakeerde mozaïeken die een fluïde, beweeglijke zelfs ambivalente mengeling vormen van oude linkse en rechtse standpunten, indentitarisme, decolonize, islamisme, de coronapandemie en de klimaatopwarming. Met complotdenken en een focus op de infame jaren ’30 bijna als vaste prik.

Kortom, hoe radicalisering van een groep tegenradicalisering in de hand werkt, en zo uiteindelijk onze democratie steeds meer ondermijnt.

Een gesprek over Antipode is een gesprek over de broosheid en weerbaarheid van onze democratie.

Free Entrance

Location: BOZAR Centre for fine Arts

Rue Ravenstein 23,

1000 Brussels

Time: 18:00 – 21:30

By Invitation Only

European Gala Award Ceremony for Freedom of Expression

18:00 Registration & Networking reception

19:00 Welcoming everyone to Difference Day Prorector Caroline Pauwels & Chairperson of the Board BOZAR Isabelle Mazzara

19:30 Entrée

20:00 Guest Speaker: Bruno Beeckman Journalist @EBU

20:20 Main Course

20:50 Presentation of the Difference Day Honorary Title

● BAJ (Belarus Association for Journalists) Barys Haretski

● The Fix: Jakub Parusinski

21:30 Dessert Buffet

Host presenter: Annelies Beck (VRT)

There is no live streaming foreseen

Parts of this evening will be recorded and can be seen afterwards.

Location: Greenwich Moderne
Rue des Chartreux, 7 – 1000 Bruxelles 


Time: 10:30 – 12:00


3 May 2022

Café Europe

Liberté et avenir de la presse en Europe

Café Europa est un projet initié dans le cadre de la Présidence française du Conseil de l’Union européenne.

Café Europa invite de jeunes journalistes en formation à débattre avec un duo de journalistes français et belge. Lou Héliot, journaliste pour Le 1 hebdo et Quentin Jardon, cofondateur et rédacteur en chef adjoint de Wilfried partageront leur expérience lors de cette rencontre animée par Charlotte Marie Pion, étudiante en journaliste à la Vrij Universiteit Brussel.

Faire du journalisme autrement et créer des solutions pour garantir leur liberté éditoriale. A l’heure où une certaine frénésie de l’information s’impose tous les jours, l’hebdomadaire Le 1 et le magazine Wilfried défendent une forme d’éloge de la lenteur pour prendre le temps d’explorer et d’éclairer l’actualité « loin des idées reçues et du zapping ». Quentin Jardon et Lou Héliot raconteront leur expérience et souligneront combien faire du journalisme autrement peut être difficile mais exaltant.

Ce débat est également l’occasion de promouvoir la culture des cafés. Café Europa 2022 se tiendra dans un café emblématique de la ville de Bruxelles pour son architecture Art nouveau, le Greenwich Moderne. Lieu d’échanges et de convivialité, les cafés sont en Europe ces lieux ouverts au monde et aux péripéties du quotidien. 

Entrée libre

Location: Studio @BOZAR
Time: 10:00 – 11:30

Journalism during a time of crisis

In collaboration with European Endowment for Democracy

Independent media play a vital role in holding authorities to account, exposing corruption, providing information to citizens, offering a platform for debate, and debunking disinformation. Yet freedom of speech is under threat in many countries worldwide, and journalists are a particular target for authoritarian regimes. This session focuses on the experiences of journalists in Belarus and Ukraine.
Belarusian journalists have experienced a particularly severe crackdown with journalists being driven out of the country and are now living in exile, and very few independent media still operating inside the country.
In Ukraine, a country with a previously vibrant if somewhat challenging media ecosystem, most media outlets are now struggling to survive, given the collapse of the advertising market following Russia’s invasion. Once successful commercial outlets now rely on donor funding to pay their staff and continue to report, at a time when there has never been a greater demand for independent journalism.
Most Ukrainian journalists had no previous reporting experience from war zones, and they now have to work in highly dangerous conditions. Several have already been killed, and kidnapped and many have been injured. They are at the front line of what is not just a military war but also a war of information.

Main issues:
How can we ensure that journalists on the ground can continue to report in safety?
How can we address the gap between the large demand for first-hand independent news and the reality on the ground?
Who do you trust?


There is no live streaming foreseen

Parts of this session will be recorded and can be seen afterwards.

Free Entrance

Location: outside terras BOZAR restaurant
Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Students’ Speakers Corner

During the Difference Day 2022 program, we will also be presenting “Students’ Speakers Corner” 

Location: @Campus ULB – Foyer culturel-Solbosch
Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Being in exile/recovering one’s professional identity

The association En-GAJE invites you to meet two journalists in exile to discuss their career and their work. The meeting will also allow you to discover the new media LATITUDES (medialatitudes.be) and to discuss with journalists in exile and students who participate in this media.

Speakers :

  •  Chair of the session En-GAJE
  • Ahmed Gamal Zaida, journalist in exile (Egypt)
  • Rewaa Mershid, journalist in exile (Palestine)

For LATITUDES: Alexandre Niyungeko (sub-editor in chief)

Free Entrance

no registration required

Location: @Campus VUB Aula QB
Time: 15:30 – 17:00

4 May 2022

The Hungarian Playbook (Docu)

Trisha Meyer, Professor of Digital Governance and Participation at Brussels School of Governance (VUB), introduces us to the movie by sketching what is happening now in Europe from a policy perspective, including but not limited to the ban of RT


The Hungarian Playbook (Documentary)

At the heart of the European Union, an authoritarian regime is in the making. A key element in consolidating power is a degree of media control that has not existed since the fall of the communist regime. Our investigative documentary follows the struggle of a handful of young journalists against a system, which is becoming a role model across national borders. Secretly made recordings and leaked documents from within the headquarters of state media testify of a world that is held together by fear and humiliation. Internal communications prove: public media are under the direct control of the cabinet office of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. At the European level, our protagonists will look into the economic and strategic interests that are pushing leading E.U. members to turn a blind eye.

Watch this documentary and go into a debate with the co-director & Co-author Aron Szentpeteri.

We close this session with a discussion between Co-Author & Co-Director Aron Szentpeteri, Aldo Verschuere and Tim Raats.

Áron Szentpéteri Aron Szentpeteri: After completing two independent short films and a Msc degree in cognitive science, he studied film directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest (SZFE) in the class of Ildikó Enyedi.

His short film Láthatatlanul’ (Invisibly) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation selection in May 2017. The film was later screened at 30+ festivals and collected several awards internationally. Arte/ WDR acquired and screened the film in late 2018. Between 2017 and 2020 he worked as an assistant teacher for the film director BA class at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest (SZFE). His middle-length film “The Prince” is in post-production and is expected for 2022. Currently, he is developing his first feature film in the Torino Script Lab 2022 program.
Aron is living and working in Budapest, Hungary.

Free Entrance

no registration required

Location: KVS Brussels
Time: 20:30

They Blew Her Up

Herman Grech & Spazju Kreattiv

16 October 2017. Malta is shaken by a brutal murder. Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist and anti-corruption activist, is killed by a car bomb. A rich businessman is charged with ordering her murder, but suspicions arise that he is protected by top politicians.

For They Blew Her Up Herman Grech, writer and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Times of Malta, spoke to some of the main people involved to go straight into the heart of the case. The result is this captivating work of fiction, based on the dramatic court case and interviews.


With debriefing in the presence of Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew.

With the support of The Association of European Journalists.

Location: KVS Brussels
Time: 20:30

5 May 2022

They Blew Her Up

Herman Grech & Spazju Kreattiv

16 oktober 2017. Malta wordt opgeschrikt door een brutale moord. Daphne Caruana Galizia, een Maltese journaliste en anti-corruptie-activiste wordt met een autobom om het leven gebracht. Een rijke zakenman wordt ervan verdacht de moord te hebben besteld, maar er rijzen vermoedens dat hij door hooggeplaatste politici wordt beschermd.

Voor They Blew Her Up sprak Herman Grech (schrijver en hoofdredacteur van de krant Times of Malta) met enkele van de belangrijkste betrokkenen en groef hij naar het hart van de zaak. Dat resulteert in dit beklijvende fictiestuk, gebaseerd op de dramatische rechtszaak en interviews.


Met nabespreking in aanwezigheid van Caruana Galizia’s zoon Matthew.

Met de steun van The Association of European Journalists.


Thursday 5 May

Time: 20:00

Ukrainian exiles : the exemplary welcome by Europeans

With György Folk, Journalist, Oana Moisil, Journalist,  Fabien Perrier, Journalist

More than 5 million Ukrainians were forced to leave their homeland since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on February 5. The journalists Oana Moisil, Gÿorgy Folk and Fabien Perrier tell us about their new lives in Romania, Hungary and Greece, and how people’s solidarity with the refugees expresses itself.

How are Ukrainian war refugees forced to leave their country welcomed in neighbouring countries? Meet Oana Moisil, Romanian journalist, Gÿorgy Folk, Hungarian journalist and Fabien Perrier, French correspondent in Greece. They met Ukrainian refugees in their respective countries as well as inhabitants, who often make up for the insufficient commitment of their government despite announcements. A series published with the support of the Evens Foundation.

Visio conference online, in English – Interprétation en direct en français- Traduzione simultanea in Italiano. Interpretation provided with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Paris.