The European award for Freedom of Expression presents three awards: on a world wide, European and a Belgian level

World level

WAN the Golden Pen of Freedom

WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, confers an annual award to recognise the outstanding action, in writing or deed, of an individual, a group, or an institution in the cause of press freedom. The Golden Pen is awarded during WAN-IFRA’s yearly congress in June. One month before, at the European Gala for Freedom of Expression, a former laureate is invited to speak out on the situation regarding press freedom since he/she received the award

European level

iMEC Press for More Award for Original and Better Journalism

The new European Press for More Award celebrates journalistic work, projects or initiatives in Europe that reflect an entrepreneurial and creative way of bringing news closer to the public or that engage in new forms of journalistic practice (networked journalism, big data journalism…)

Prize for European Journalism 2017

This prize aims to reward journalists of the written press whose work contributes highly to making Europe more comprehensible and accessible to a broader audience. The candidates must be journalists living and working in the EU, with a considerable record in reporting and/or commenting on Europe.  

Two prizes will be awarded: the Evens Prize for European Journalism, worth €10,000, and the Evens Encouragement Award for European Journalism, worth €5,000. For the latter prize, only journalists up to 35 years old are eligible.

Belgian level

Difference Day Honorary Title for Freedom of Expression

The Honorary Title is awarded to a journalist, writer, artist, cultural thinker or any other person, association or institution that has made a vital contribution to protect and promote freedom of thinking and expression in an ever changing, democratic society. Making a difference as regards these basic values is what the title is all about. The Honorary Title is jointly awarded by the Brussels University Alliance VUB and ULB