PROFESSIONALIZATION WHEREAS • obstacles have been put in the way of free expression in several Latin American countries in the form of laws to "professionalize" journalism • the so-called "professionalization" is merely a dangerous subterfuge to force the media to employ only those persons who hold a university degree in journalism or communications • an opini,on of the Inter-American Human Rights Court stated that both mandatory licensing and obligatory degrees for journalists are incompatible with the American Convention on Human Rights THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES • to condemn laws which require a university degree as a dangerous subterfuge designed to limit freedom of expression and thought • to support the IAPA in its efforts to combat so-called "professionalization" laws in several countries on the American continent • to ask the IAPA president to denounce the "professionlaization" of journalism as a violation of freedom of expression.