The World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) – hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands – was due to be held from 22 to 24 April 2020 at the World Forum in The Hague. However, due to developments surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19), the decision has been taken to postpone the event. It will now most probably be held from 18 to 20 October at the same location.
Both organisers call upon those active in the field of press freedom to participate. WPFC 2020 will also feature the first-ever World Press Freedom Festival. At least 1500 participants from all over the world are expected. Among them a number of high profile journalists will show up at the World Forum.
Journalism without fear or favour
WPFC 2020 has chosen Journalism without fear or favour as its title. In many countries the independence and freedom of media is under attack. Journalists must be able to do their work without fear of or favour from any particular person, opinion, ideology, or other actors. WPFC 2020 wants to contribute to this goal by agenda-setting, by inspiring and learning, and by mobilizing people into action. The Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNESCO call upon everyone to join this effort for positive change - including governments, journalists and media, the judiciary and legal sector, Internet businesses, civil society, academia and the youth.
The World Forum
2517JW The Hague