World Press Freedom Conference (WPFC) will take place on 9 and 10 December 2020 in a new, innovative format, merging digital and in-person elements. This WPFC will jointly celebrate World Press Freedom Day (3 May) and the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (2 November). The conference, co-hosted by UNESCO and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was originally planned for 22 to 24 April 2020. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WPFC was later postponed to October 2020 but had to be rescheduled once more.
The dialogues will bring together participants worldwide for a global reflection on the intersection of the multiple COVID-19 crises with press freedom and safety of journalists. The discussions will highlight the positive contributions of free, independent and safe journalism to navigating the crisis, as well as take stock of negative impacts for the future of media.
Global digital conference
This year’s conference aims to digitally bring together the professional community of journalists, media companies, human rights defenders, members of the judiciary (including judges, lawyers and prosecutors) policymakers and NGOs, and to connect them to a large global audience that can actively participate online.
WPFC 2020 will be a highly interactive and participatory conference, merging digital and in-person elements. With livestreamed interactive sessions, keynote speeches and performances, people all over the world will be able to participate at times most convenient for them. Sessions will be broadcast from the World Forum in The Hague and multiple other locations around the world.
Meeting and networking
WPFC 2020 will seek to ensure the highest quality and variety in sessions, ranging from debates and live talk shows to presentations and interactive panel discussions. Participants will interact and discuss the latest issues in live sessions and connect through video chats and other virtual meeting points. On top of this, participants will also be able to explore a wide range of other content, including online exhibitions, film viewings and videos.