Santiago, Chile (October 17, 2014) – The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) announced today the designation of the Argentine journalist Ricardo Trotti as its new executive director within the framework of the inauguration of the 70th General IAPA Assembly held in this city.
IAPA Executive Committee unanimously designated Trotti as the successor of Julio E. Muñoz from January of 2015. Muñoz, a Chilean journalist will leave the institution after 32 years in office and 20 years as its executive director.
“Through this appointment we want to consolidate the continuity of the work IAPA undertook more than 70 years ago for the defense and the promotion of freedom of the press and the promotion of a free, independent and high-quality journalism”, assured IAPA President, Elizabeth Ballantine of newspaper The Durango Herald of Colorado, United States and the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Jorge Canahuati, Grupo OPSA, Honduras.
Trotti has worked at IAPA since 1993 when he joined as the coordinator of the Commission for the Freedom of the Press and Information. He is also the director of the Press Institute of the organization. He studied journalism and communication in Argentina and in United States. He spent a year as a fellow of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University.
He was the Editor in Chief of El Liberal de Santiago del Estero of Argentina, managing assistant of newspaper El Nuevo Herald of Miami, United States and worked for El Pregonero and The Catholic Standard in Washington, D.C.
IAPA will take place in Santiago from October 17 - 21 to review the status of the freedom of the press in each country of the hemisphere.
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.