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POSTPONED: World Press Freedom Conference 2020

The World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC), hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands has been POSTPONED due to the Corona virus (COVID-19). It will now take place on October 18, 19 and 20 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.


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 October 19 and 20. 

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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