Peace, justice & security

World Press Freedom

This year, the Netherlands is co-hosting the World Press Freedom Conference from the city of justice, The Hague in conjunction with UNESCO. 

2020 marks the 75th anniversaries of the founding of the UN and of the Netherlands’ liberation. It is also the year that the Netherlands holds a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Press Freedom Conference 2020 has had to be postponed twice. The conference co-hosted by UNESCO is now scheduled to take place on 9-10 December in a new innovative format, merging digital and in-person elements. Presentations and interactive panel sessions will be livestreamed from international city of peace and justice The Hague and other locations around the world.

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 in response to a call by African journalists, who produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration on media pluralism and independence.

World Press Freedom Day is held annually on 3 May. On this day, journalists and media organisations around the world reiterate 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 in pursuit of their work. It also acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.