World Press Freedom Day 2019
Director Free Press Unlimited (FPU)
Leon Willems (1961) was appointed Director of Free Press Unlimited in May 2011. Before this, he served as Director of Press Now. His leadership and vision have contributed to Free Press Unlimited becoming one of the leading press freedom organisations of today. The organisation is active in more than 30 countries, focusing on conflict reporting, safety for journalists, investigative journalism, gender and youth & media.
During the nineties, Leon Willems held several positions at Ikon Television, a small broadcaster specialized in war reporting and social documentaries. For years he was the producer of important news stories about the Middle-east and Sub Saharan Africa. Between 2004-2007 Willems worked for the United Nations, setting up independent radio stations in South Sudan. In 2008 he initiated the Radio Dabanga project in partnership with journalists, NGO’s and peace groups. As of December 2008 Radio Dabang is broadcasting daily, independent news for the people in Darfur, Sudan.
Leon Willems believes that media are crucial tools for democracy building and contribute to the development of society as a whole. Bringing independent media to the people is the principle aim of his work.