In 2020 the annual World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) will be hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The conference will take place on October 18, 19 and 20 at the World Forum in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice.
World Press Freedom Festival
The event will also feature on the third day (April 24) the first-ever World Press Freedom Festival. WPFC 2020 calls upon everyone to contribute to positive change - including governments, journalists and media, the judiciary and legal sector, Internet businesses, civil society, academia and the youth:
- By setting the issue in world leaders’ agendas
- By inspiring and educating
- By mobilizing people into action
Journalism without Fear or Favour
The title of this year’s celebration is ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour’. The key premise of the conference is that we need to stand up for free and independent media, and protect journalism from persisting and new forms of control. With the independence and freedom of the media under attack in so many countries, this is now more relevant than ever.
World Press Freedom Day
WPFC 2020 will be followed by the annual World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. The concept note for this year’s World Press Freedom Day lays out current developments and points to ponder concerning the safeguarding of free and independent media.
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