President Sebastián Piñera to sign Declaration of Chapultepec
Miami (April 28, 2011)— An international delegation from the hemisphere-wide Inter American Press Association (IAPA), led by its President Gonzalo Marroquín, will hold a series of activities in Santiago, Chile, on May 3 to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on the date that was established by UNESCO in 1991.
As part of the activities Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera will sign the Declaration of Chapultepec, a 10-point list of principles on press freedom, in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 at the La Moneda Palace, the seat of the Chilean government. Piñera will be the 59th head of state to sign the Declaration.
A Conference on Freedom of Expression on Monday, May 2 at the Sheraton Hotel in Santiago will precede the signing ceremony. It is being organized in conjunction with Chile’s National Press Association (ANP), which designated the week as Press Week in the South American country.
Former Uruguayan President Julio María Sanguinetti will be the keynote speaker at the Conference on Freedom of Expression. Also taking part will be some 300 representatives of the Chilean press and their IAPA colleagues. Sanguinetti will speak on “The Value of Freedom of Expression.”
Marroquín will open the event together with his ANP counterpart, Álvaro Caviedes, giving details of activities planned for 2011 within the framework of the IAPA-proclaimed Freedom of Expression Year.
A distinguished IAPA delegation will be taking part in the activities. Accompanying Marroquín will be Jorge Fascetto (Diario Popular, Argentina), Alejandro Miró Quesada (Cosas, Peru), Scott Schurz (Hoosier Times, Inc., United States), Bartolomé Mitre (La Nación, Argentina), Claudio Paolillo (Búsqueda, Uruguay), María Elvira Domínguez (El País, Colombia), Jorge Canahuati (La Prensa, Honduras), Francisco Miró Quesada (El Comercio, Peru), Gilberto Urdaneta (El Regional del Zulia, Venezuela), José Roberto Dutriz (La Prensa Gráfica, El Salvador), Fabricio Altamirano (El Diario de Hoy, El Salvador), Marcela Noble Herrera (Grupo Clarín, Argentina), Ulilo Acevedo Silva (Hoy Diario del Magdalena, Colombia), Saturnino Herrero Mitjans (Grupo Clarín, Argentina), Julio E. Munoz (IAPA Executive Director) and Ricardo Trotti (IAPA Press Freedom Director).
“Censorship and Violence in the Americas” and “Freedom of Expression in Latin America” are the titles of two of the most important panel discussions scheduled. There will also be a presentation on Chile’s Transparency Law and final conclusions by the IAPA president.
The IAPA will conclude in Chile Tuesday afternoon, May 3 with a press conference.
The IAPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida. For more information please go to http://www.sipiapa.org.