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, IHECS, BOZAR, & Evens Foundation, together with other partners such as EPC MPA, EBU, Bertelsmann, European Commission, UNESCO, European Endowment for Democracy, … 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.