30 April 2014

Cyber attack on Panama TV brings IAPA protest

Miami (April 29, 2014)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) today expressed its repudiation of an attack on the Web site of Panama’s TVN-2 television channel and urged the local authorities to conduct a prompt investigation and apply the full force of the law, so as to ensure press freedom during general elections to be held this Sunday (May 4). Executives of the channel publicly reported that its Web site tvn-2.com has been the object of prolonged and continuous cyber attacks since April 17, preventing access by users to the site, one of the country’s most visited. According to experts hired by the television channel the attacks have been identified as “aggressive and constant” and carried out by “very experienced” people. The channel did not identify the attackers. The chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, declared, “We trust that the channel will present the result of its investigations to the Attorney General’s Office so that the authorities immediately carry out an official investigation and punish those responsible for this serious offense, which directly limits the public’s right to information.” Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, said that the cyber attacks violate basic principles of freedom of the press and of expression as set out in the Declaration of Chapultepec and the OAS Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression The IAPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida. For more information please go to http://www.sipiapa.org.