World Press Freedom Conference 2020

This year, the World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) will be hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It will take place on April 22, 23 and 24 at the World Forum in The Hague. Organisers have partnered with Leiden University to host the academic forum.

‘Journalism without fear or favour’

The WPFC highlights the importance of a free and independent media, which is why this year’s title is ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour’. Together, we must take a stand for free and independent media, and protect journalism from persisting and new forms of control. This 3-day celebration features an academic forum, the awarding of the Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize as well as a World Press Freedom Festival.

Registration is free of charge but you must complete a (pre-)registration form.

Register now!

Academic forum

Leiden University researchers Jaap de Jong, Willem Koetsenruijter and Remco Breuker, are responsible for the academic forum during WPFC2020. This forum will take place on April 23 and 24.

The programme is yet to be finalised, but it will include speakers from all over the world giving their take on the most pressing issues facing journalists today:

  • safety of journalists in challenging environments
  • threats female journalists face when reporting
  • the role local politics plays in shaping media freedom

Together with his colleague Jang Jin-sung, Remco Breuker will discuss how the press writes about North Korea.

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