69th General Assembly

Denver, Colorado

October 18 – 22, 2013

WHEREAS the electoral process leading up to the December 2013 elections demands the respect and integrity of journalists and guarantees of being able to freely report all that transpires in this transcendental process WHEREAS there continue to be closed down 34 radio stations (since 2009), television channel RCTV and RCTV Internacional and the withdrawal of the main subscription television operators Átel TV and Global TV WHEREAS journalists, staff and owners of news media are under threat and outside of Venezuela due to forced exile WHEREAS the administration of President Nicolás Maduro and the control it exercises over all branches of government has enabled him to adopt and continue imposing laws and regulations denounced as violating the National Constitution and international treaties, as they deny such essential human rights as freedom of expression and of information and has been notorious in the creation of the Strategic Center for Security and Protection of the Fatherland (CESPPA) WHEREAS those legislations favor making dissidence a criminal offense and persecution simply for political reasons without due process WHEREAS news media are facing constant threats of being fined and shut down WHEREAS in these last few months there has been a growing wave of lawsuits and other legal actions against privately-owned news media, their executives and owners WHEREAS there continues to be a reduction in inventories of newsprint, ink, printing plates and other essential supplies due to not being able to access foreign currency from Cadivi and this has caused the shutdown of newspapers WHEREAS Principle 1 of the Declaration of Chapultepec states: “No people or society can be free without freedom of expression and of the press. The exercise of this freedom is not something authorities grant, it is an inalienable right of the people” THE IAPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLVES to call for an end to the judicial persecution of journalists, news media and media executives to call upon the Venezuelan authorities to show full willingness for and tolerance of the free exercise of press freedom to condemn before the international community, the Organization of American States and the United Nations actions and laws that violate democratic principles that have been sanctioned by President Nicolás Maduro, and to denounce that these violate human rights, freedom of expression and access to information to ask President Nicolás Maduro for the revision and repeal of laws that violate democratic principles, human rights, freedom of expression and access to information to urge the government to comply with the Venezuelan Constitution and international treaties to call upon the authorities of Venezuela to facilitate access to Cadivi foreign currency in order to purchase press supplies to ask the government to guarantee human rights, freedom of information, the lives and physical integrity of journalists and their colleagues and assets especially during the upcoming electoral process.