3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.
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 April 22, 23, 24 at the World Forum in The Hague, a city known for its role in international peace and justice. Both organizers call upon those active in the field of press freedom to participate in WFPDC 2020. The event will also feature on the third day the first-ever World Press Freedom Festival. The conference and festival are being held in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May.
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.
INSPIRING POSITIVE CHANGE
By setting the issue in world leaders’ agendas, by inspiring and educating, and by mobilizing people into action, WPFD 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.
REGISTER NOW FOR THE WPFC 2020
Interested in joining the World Press Freedom Conference 2020? You are invited to apply now! Go to the secured registration portal.(link is external) and complete the registration flow. Please note that your registration is pending until your receive further notice from the WPFC team.
CONFERENCE INFORMATION GUIDE FOR PARTICIPANTS AND JOURNALISTS
Information for participants and journalists who want to cover WPFC 2020 can be found in the Conference Guide. Reporting journalists will also get the opportunity to register for the conference as from the last week of February. WPFC 2020 organizers do not sponsor travel arrangements for media. In case of any questions, please send an email to: email@example.com(link sends e-mail) and firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).
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.