The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour‘, a phrase coined by Adolph S. Ochs, founder of the modern New York Times.
WPFC 2020 seeks to promote the idea that we need to stand up for a free, safe and independent media and protect journalism from new and existing forms of unwanted control, pressure and influence.
Climate of fear
In addition, with more than 1,100 journalists killed in the world from 2006 to 2019 according to UNESCO, and only one case out of ten judicially solved, the level of impunity for crimes against journalists remains terribly high. This imposes a climate of fear in many parts of the world, which is ultimately detrimental to the free circulation of ideas and opinions by both the media and citizens at large.
Safety and freedom under attack
With the independence, safety and freedom of the media under attack in so many countries, and with the COVID-19 pandemic revealing once again just how important a free, safe and independent media is, it is now more relevant than ever to stand up for these issues.
The aim of WPFC 2020 is to ensure that journalists can work freely, safely and independently, now and in the future. We will also address current issues at WPFC 2020, such as the role of the press and the problems encountered by journalists in the COVID-19 crisis.
Main topics are:
1. Editorial independence and media in the service of power
2. Diversity and inclusion in the media
3. Independent journalism and media in the digital age.
4. Ending impunity for crimes against journalists and improving the safety of journalists.
Read more on the UNESCO website.