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Santiago will host the World Press Freedom Day 2024 Conference this May 2, 3 and 4

Friday, January 26th 2024

Santiago de Chile will host the World Press Freedom Day Conference 2024, an international meeting led by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and the Government of Chile, to be held from the 2nd to the 4th of May. 

The 31st edition of the World Press Freedom Day Conference will be dedicated to the theme "Press for the Planet: journalism in the face of the environmental crisis" and will bring together the communications media, academia, civil society and key actors in the debate. 

In addition, the event seeks to address the importance of press freedom, the protection of communications workers, as well as the urgency of ensuring the right to expression, access and dissemination of information to address global challenges. 

The commemoration, which is celebrated in a different country each year, will begin with the award ceremony for the World Press Freedom Prize Unesco/Guillermo Cano. The award recognizes journalists, organizations or institutions that contribute to the defense of press freedom and is especially aimed at those who risk their lives to carry out their work.

The International Conference will be inaugurated on May 3rd, with the participation of prominent international panelists in journalism and communications. During this day there will be three plenary sessions and 15 simultaneous sessions structured in five central themes: Freedom of expression for sustainable development; old and emerging challenges; Governance and decision making; Santiago +30; and Freedom of expression in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The closing day, on May 4th, will be dedicated to the Academic Conference "Safeguarding press freedom in the midst of journalistic insecurity: perspectives from the academic world". This space will be organized by the Catholic University and the University of Chile, together with OsloMet University, University of Liverpool and University of Sheffield. In addition, parallel events organized by civil society will be held that day.