Gag Laws

WHEREAS various countries in the region have passed laws governing the work of media outlets, laws that directly or indirectly undermine freedom of expression and freedom of the press, which fall well short of the standards established by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and which are contrary to the principles of the Declaration of Chapultepec THE 69th GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES: To form an inter-American advisory group of highly qualified and renowned legal experts who specialize in matters related to democracy, the rule of law, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press To pursue the comparative study of existing or potential laws restricting freedom of expression and freedom of the press, while also paying attention to other legislation that affects or is related to such laws, in order that the Legal Committee and its inter-American advisory group may recommend pan-regional or inter-American initiatives to defend these principles To continue efforts to defend and strengthen the bodies of the inter-American human rights system, and specifically the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, which is currently under attack from the governments of countries that have passed laws to silence independent journalists and media outlets.