Free Press Awards

The Free Press Awards recognise journalists and media professionals who have a strong commitment with press freedom and independent information. We will honour journalists and media professionals who continue no matter what. 

Free Press Unlimited wants to honor journalists who risk everything to bring us the news, media pioneers who pave the way for equality and justice and those who persevere under the most difficult circumstances. The Free Press Awards will recognise exceptional work in the categories Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist.

Criteria Free Press Awards

Nominations for the awards will be judged by an independent panel of international experts. The winner in the category 'Newcomer of the Year' will receive a media scholarship by choice. The winner in the category 'Most Resilient Journalist' will receive a cash prize. Read more about the categories Newcomer of the Year and Most Resilient Journalist.

Free Press Awards 2021

Nominations for the Free Press Awards 2021 are closed. The nominees for the categories 'Newcomer of the Year' and 'Most Resilient Journalist' have been announced. Read more about them here! On 2 November, during a festive ceremony in the Hague, the winners will be announced.

Read more here about the winners of 2020.

Free Press Live

All over the world, journalists are threatened, attacked or even murdered because they want to bring their audiences reliable information. And often the perpetrators aren’t even prosecuted. To raise awareness and commemorate brave journalists, Free Press Unlimited hosts the event Free Press Live - Stand up for journalists and justice. The Free Press Awards ceremony is usually held during Free Press Live where the winners in both categories will be honored.

In 2021, it goes a little different. This year Free Press Unlimited, together with CPJ and RSF, organises the People's Tribunal for the Murder on Journalists in the Nieuwe Kerk, the Hague. On 2 November the opening hearing takes place. You can read more about it here. Following this event, there is a Free Press Awards ceremony in the city hall of the Hague. 

Would you like to join the Free Press Awards ceremony? Then please send an email to


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