World Press Freedom Conference 2020

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 and 24 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.

Call for Proposals

From last December, proposals could be submitted for parallel sessions and other activities during the conference and the festival. The deadline for proposals expired on 20 January. If you have submitted a proposal, you will receive a message from the WPFC 2020 team before the end of January.

Call for Academic Papers

During the conference, an academic forum will be held in collaboration with the University of Leiden. Until 24 January, it was possible to submit academic papers and presentations to participate in the academic conference. If you have submitted an academic paper, you will receive a message from the WPFC 2020 team in mid-February. For more details about the submission of academic papers, please check out the UNESCO website.

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.