Organiser WAN-Ifra has announced that Spain’s King Felipe VI will speak at its Golden Pen of Freedom 2022 ceremony on Wednesday.
The award is due to be made on the first day of the World News Media Congress in Zaragoza.
King Felipe will deliver a speech during the ceremony, at which WAN-Ifra’s highest honour is awarded to an individual, a group or an institution to recognise an outstanding action, in writing or deed in the cause of press freedom. He and Queen Letizia are honorary presidents of the event, which is expected to bring together more than 1000 publishers, journalists and industry executives from 75 countries and six continents. Click here for the programme
President Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo – who is also president of publisher Henneo – said he was honoured that the event would be chaired by the king, “a strong advocate for a free, independent, diverse and plural media ecosystem”.
Hosting the event in Zaragoza was very significant. "Our intention to organise the Congress in Aragon had to be postponed due to the pandemic, but I am delighted that it is finally back in Zaragoza,” he said.
“With a record attendance, it sends a strong message that news publishers worldwide are still on the front line and thrive despite the many challenges.”
More than 100 speakers from leading news organisations are due to reflect on the journalistic industry, its strategies and the solutions adopted to make the media sustainable. The programme also includes round tables and three fora in the World Summit of Media Leaders, the World Editors Summit and the Women in News Summit.
Press accreditation is needed to cover the King’s visit, with details toi be submitted before 1pm on Tuesday.