Every year on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, we take a moment to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while on the job.

World Press Freedom Conference

The Netherlands and UNESCO will host the World Press Freedom Conference in 2020. The event will take place April 22-24 at the World Forum in the Hague, a city known for its role in international peace and justice. Both organizers urge those active in the field of press freedom to participate.

The World Press Freedom Conference is open to everyone, including journalists and news media, policy makers, NGOs, members of the judiciary, students, artists, businesses, academics, and many others from all over the world who work in or for journalism.

The conference will also feature the first-ever World Press Freedom Festival, on April 24, 2020, to give a platform to a broader audience, targeting more particularly youth/students, the wider public, netizens, and everyone interested in the state of press freedom in 2020.

The purpose of this event is to encourage these groups to participate in World Press Freedom Day celebrations, acquaint them with topical issues surrounding press freedom and explore ways they can contribute to the future of free and independent media.

Learn more: about registration (between February 10 and April 10, 2020) or calls for proposals (before 10 January, 2020).

World Press Photo

The World Press Photo Exhibition connects the US audience to visual journalists and storytellers, promoting freedom of expression, freedom of speech and freedom of the press. The World Press Photo Exhibition took place in Washington, D.C., in November and December 2019. In January and February 2020, the exhibit will take place in Phoenix, Arizona.