03-05-2016 - Difference Day


3 May 2016

Bozar, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel

Anno 2016 the media landscape is vast, chaotic and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The media are interactive, immediate and ubiquitous. Journalism is a wasteland of bloggers, stenographers social media users, instant messaging, digital photojournalism, citizen reporters, activists, investigative journalists and whistleblowers. Audiences drift online, newsrooms become smaller but the threat towards traditional journalism goes hand in hand with the continuing quest for news quality set up by non-profit organizations. How are the old and new ways of doing research and publishing interacting? What about integrity, authorship and ownership, privacy, validity and participation?
A crucial question centers on the media ethics of which the principles were established in the late 19th century with the rise of commercial newspapers. Half a century later mass media arose and fuelled countless global media debates. The breakthrough of the internet and the digitization of information and communication was another milestone in the discussion on media ethics. So what kind of ethics do the existing and emerging news media of today and tomorrow need?
With a mix of participants from different media and organizations we want to identify some criteria and issues that are fundamental building blocks of a possible global framework for media ethics.


12:30-13:30 - Opening ceremony

13:30-15:00 - Debates 1 & 2

Debate 1: Media (un)censored: women journalists in Turkey
In collaboration with European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)

Media freedom in Turkey has become a key topic of concern. Recent prominent cases such as the government takeover of the newspaper Zaman and the expulsion of foreign correspondents (Fréderike Geerdink, Silje Rønning Kampesæte, Claus Blok Thomsen, Hasnain Kazim) have highlighted the critical status of press freedom in the country. Control over media is not limited to the press, however. Websites such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, have been banned systematically after terrorist attacks and news sites of press agencies are permanently banned for covering certain issues. The Journalists’ Union of Turkey (TGS) has initiated a specific Women-LGBTI Commission to report about each case of violence agains
t women in Turkey and fight against impunity for violence on women in the media in Turkey.
This panel discusses censorship and media freedoms in Turkey, share the views and opinions of female journalists drawing on the first-hand experiences of five prominent journalists specialised on Turkey. The panel not only exposes personal experiences of the speakers but also looks at the situation of media, women, journalism and freedom of expression in Turkey more generally.

- Fréderike Geerdink (NL)
- Sevgi Akarçeşme (TR)
- Sedef Kabas (TR)
- Sezin Öney
- Ceren Sözeri
Moderator: Kevin Smets

Debate 2: EU Media, Censorship & Propaganda
In collaboration with Crosstalks 

The online platform, run independently by Index on Censorship with the financial support of the EU, shows that press freedom is threatened in many places of the world, including Europe.
The debate will start from a bird eye’s view on the state of the art of journalism in Europe. Participants to the debate will then explore cases and their own experiences about how the mass media are censored or ‘captured’ by governments and by corporations. Issues such as self-censorship, hate speech and propaganda – in particular in the current geopolitical context – will also be addressed.

- Melody Patry (GB): Introduction at a global level, including via the mapping tool run by Index on Censorship
- Jakub Kalensky (CZ) East StratCom Task Force
- Maria Donde (GB) International Policy Manager, Ofcom
- Jean-Paul Marthoz
Moderator: (tbc)


15:00-15:30 - Coffee break


15:30-16:30 - Debates 3 & 4

Debate 3: Looking for Trouble
In collaboration with Crosstalks

This debate session opens with #Brusselslockdown (2015) by Jimmy Kets, a short film about the manipulation of reality through a photographer’s lens.
A mix of participants from different media and organisations will then discuss global criteria for media ethics on various publishing platforms. How do citizen reporters, bloggers, activists and whistleblowers deal with the complexity of reality and their sources of information? How do they contextualise what they publish?

- Jimmy Kets (BE): photographer
- Lorna Stephenson (UK): Red Pepper blog & media cooperative The Bristol Cable
- Marcela Pizarro (UK): The Listening Post, AlJazeera
- Ibrahim Mahomoud (UK): CAGE, independent advocacy organisation
- Fikry El Azzouzi (BE): author
Moderator: Marleen Wynants (Crosstalks)


Debate 4: World Wide Worries About Free Reporting
In collaboration with Crosstalks & Goethe Institute

All over the world news reporting is threatend by violence and abuse of freedom of expression, by prior censorship and captured mass media. Hence this debate wants to share insights on why important issues and current events are not covered by the mainstream media. The participants will discuss their own experiences and global perspectives on how to preserve the right to publish.

- Melody Patry (GB): Introducing the Index of Censorship on a world level
- Thiery Chervel (D): editor in chief of Perlentaucher,
- Antoine Kaburahe (BI): leading Burundian journalist
- Rudi Vranckx (B): leading VRT war correspondent
- Abdualla Maksour (SYR): Jounalist & International Trainer for Safety Journalism for IFJ
Moderator: Jean-Paul Marthoz


16:30-17:00 - Coffee break

17:00-18:00 - Live Magazine

18:00-18:30 - Break @ The Bar

18:30-19:45 - Award Ceremony Freedom of Expression

20:00-21:30 - Networking event & Film Spotlight


To see the full program and to register, click here