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Press Freedom Day Event

As a separate part of the conference, Journalismfund.eu, together with PEN Vlaanderen, will organise a special event on freedom of speech and freedom of the press on Friday evening 3 May 2013, World Press Freedom Day.


PEN Vlaanderen will invite Marleen Teugels (board member) to present the findings of an exploratory study that she conducted for the organisation into the state of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Flanders.

Afterwards, there will be a group interview on press freedom and safeguarding investigative journalism in Europe. The panel will consist of (investigative) journalism heavyweights, one of whom is Journalismfund.eu's brand new ex-jury member Nils Mulvad. Dutch journalist Rob Wijnberg has also confirmed.

Margo Smit will moderate the interview. The event is open to the public.

About the speakers

  • Marleen Teugels - mainly publishes investigative stories in the Flemish weekly news magazine Knack. She does a lot of research on health and well-being and was the first journalist in Belgium to use the freedom of information act. Together with Nico Krols, she won two prices for  to outstanding journalism: the Dexia Price 2007 and  the VVOJ price 2007. The asbestos research ultimately resulted in the publication of ‘The Dirty Legacy of Asbestos’ that appeared internationally in Le Monde Diplomatique and has been translated in more than 27 languages.
  • Nils Mulvad (@nmulvad) - associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism and partner and editor at Kaas & Mulvad. He co-founded Farmsubsidy.org and the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-organised the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences. He specialises in the development of new methods in data journalism and using mobile and social media for journalism. Nils Mulvad was a member of the Journalismfund.eu jury from 2009 till 2013.
  • Rob Wijnberg (@robwijnberg) - founder of crowdfunded journalism website De Correspondent, writer and columnist. Rob Wijnberg studied philosophy at Amsterdam University and was opinion editor of nrc.next.
  • Margo Smit (@margosmit1) - director of the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists, VVOJ, and teaches TV journalism at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In 2012, Smit wrote a report for the European Parliament on the state of  investigative journalism within the European Union member states and the role of investigative journalism in deterring fraud with EU funds.


Friday 3 May, 8 PM
Rits Café, 70 Dansaertstraat, 1000 Brussels
No registration required

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