El Salvador II

WHEREAS the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) has systematically maligned and discredited El Salvador’s media with the clearly stated intention of changing ownership of the media, placing them under government agency oversight, and possibly making them subject to content laws WHEREAS journalists have been physically assaulted and media outlet property damaged during FLMN marches 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 condemn the practices of FMLN and other parties and groups of instigating violence against journalists and the media to demand that these groups stop their verbal abuse and systematic attacks on the media’s image, and insist that they act fully in accordance with freedom of expression as a fundamental democratic freedom.