As it happened: Freedom 2014

Key points

  • The BBC's investigation into what freedom means in the modern world culminates in a day of live events
  • The event is being broadcast on BBC TV and radio around the world, and streamed online
  • Poetry, performance, music, discussion and debate will all feature throughout the day
  • All times are local London (GMT+1)

Live text


  • Harry Low 
  • Lucy Townsend 
  • Ian Pollock 
  • Dhruti Shah 

Last updated 1 April 2014


Welcome to the BBC's coverage of freedom2014 live. It's the last day of our Freedom Season programming, which has been looking at different aspects of freedom and how free people think they are.


What does freedom look like in 2014? We had more than 1,000 responses and here is a showcase of some of the images sent in.


Newsday is the first of our programmes to feature in freedom2014 live. Here's the team broadcasting to a live audience from the Media Cafe at the BBC's headquarters in London.



Newsday is also broadcasting from the Spanish enclave of Melilla which borders Morocco. The BBC has been speaking to migrants there, who frequently used it as a staging post to enter Europe.

Newsday in Melilla


The theme of Newsday is migration. This video documents the difficulties experienced by undocumented immigrants deported from the US to Mexico.

TWEET 07:08


tweets: Peace in Syria, access to Twitter in Turkey, right to education for girls all over the world. That's what #freedom2014 means to me

TWEET 07:27

Evelyn Glennie

tweets: "@BBCWorld #freedom2014 Looking forward to playing marimba this morning at the BBC as part of the Freedom project."


This is one of the hundreds of images we've received showing what freedom looks like to you. Sonti Ramirez, 23, sent in this photo taken in the Polish capital, Warsaw.

Man in hat


A majority of participants in a global BBC poll believe the internet has brought greater freedom, but more than half of those interviewed also think it is not a safe place to express their opinions.

TWEET 08:01

Journalist Kassim Kayira

tweets: "The higher the fences they build, the taller the ladders we will create" #freedom2014 #migration to Europe