World Press Freedom Conference 2020 will host a dedicated Youth Newsroom giving young journalists the chance to report on the World Press Freedom Conference and improve their journalism skills. Their output will be published widely on the channels of UNESCO, the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners. During WPFC 2020, all Youth Newsroom reporters will work as professional journalists. They will receive the same press accreditation as all other journalists covering the conference.
The Youth Newsroom is an initiative that is part of the WPFC every year. Twenty young candidates from countries all over the world have been selected: journalists, photographers, vloggers/bloggers and press cartoonists. They will have full access to Youth Newsroom at the World Forum.
Colombian investigative journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima has been named as the laureate of the 2020 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The award ceremony will take place at the Conference in The Hague at a later date.
Created in 1997, the annual Prize honours a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, especially when achieved in the face of danger. It is named in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper El Espectador in Bogotá, Colombia on 17 December 1986.
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