Impunity - Paraguay

WHEREAS because of indications of impunity, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has presented the case of Santiago Leguizamón, news director of radio station Mburucuyá, who was murdered on April 26, 1991, Journalists’ Day on the border with Brazil, to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights WHEREAS Enrique Ramón Galeano, host of programs on radio stations Yby Yaú and Parque of Yby Yaú, 350 kilometers north of Asunción has been missing since February 4, 2006, and journalist Benito Ramón Jara was murdered on April 13, 2000 in the same region WHEREAS no progress has been made in investigating and solving those cases, and the delays increase the perception of impunity WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes that “Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, pressure, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly” THE MIDYEAR MEETING OF THE IAPA RESOLVES to reiterate that Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec, recently signed by President Nicanor Duarte Frutos, says that those crimes must be investigated promptly and punished harshly and safety for the practice of journalism must be guaranteed in view of the general suspicion of links between organized rime, the political establishment and the security forces