World Press Freedom Conference | Information

News article | 28-01-2021 | 06:20

As part of the World Press Freedom Conference, hosted digitally by the Netherlands on 9and and 10and December, our embassy partnered with the Dutch embassies in Malaysia and the Philippines and UNESCO to highlight press freedom trends in Southeast Asia. This regional session, which attracted more than 500 viewers, raised awareness of the challenges faced by journalists and the media.

Press freedom in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines is under pressure, as journalists and editors in all three countries claim. Covid-19 is further hampering their already difficult work environments. Particular attention was drawn to the challenges that women journalists and media workers face today. Dutch Human Rights Ambassador Bahia Tahzib-Lie took part in the event and expressed her respect to all participants for sharing their stories: from physical threats to legal persecution. A successful regional collaboration, which connected well with the whole WPFC in The Hague and gained visibility worldwide.

Watch the recap of the event here, followed by an interview with Ambassador Bahia Tahzib-Lie in which she explains what the Netherlands is doing to support freedom of expression around the world. Last but not least: how do you see freedom of the press?

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