Impunity - Venezuela

WHEREAS in recent months there has been an increase in violence against journalists WHEREAS Jesús Flores Rojas, correspondent of the daily La Región was murdered in El Tigre, Anzoátegui on August 23, 2006; José Joaquín Tovar, publisher and columnist of the weekly Ahora of Caracas, was murdered on June 17; and Jorge Aguirre, a photographer of the daily El Mundo, Caracas, was murdered April 5, and the murderers have not been found WHEREAS the murders of Mauro Marcano, an independent councilman and host of a program on Radio Maturín, Maturín, Monagas on September 2004 and Jorge Tortoza, photographer of the daily 2001, Caracas on April 11, 2002, have not been solved WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec says “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 GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES to urge the Venezuelan authorities to intensify the investigations of the crimes against Flores, Tovar and Aguirre in order to find the hit men and instigators and bring them to justice to insist that the investigations of the murders of Marcano and Tortoza move forward to conclude with the arrest of the instigators.