Peace, justice & security

World Press Freedom

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

In 2020, the conference coincides with the 75th anniversaries of the founding of the UN and of the Netherlands’ liberation. The Netherlands also holds a seat on the UN Human Rights Council this year. The World Press Freedom Conference has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is now scheduled for 18 to 20 October.

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.