11 September 2015

Quito, site of international forum on freedom of expression

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MIAMI, Florida (September 11, 2015)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar university and the Andean Foundation for the Observation and Study of Media (Fundamedios) are organizing for September 15 an event titled “Quito Forum for Freedom of Expression” that will bring together leading national and international experts to discuss the state of freedom of expression and of the press in Ecuador.
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MIAMI, Florida (September 11, 2015)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar university and the Andean Foundation for the Observation and Study of Media (Fundamedios) are organizing for September 15 an event titled “Quito Forum for Freedom of Expression” that will bring together leading national and international experts to discuss the state of freedom of expression and of the press in Ecuador.

The Quito Forum will be held at the Metropolitan Cultural Center in Quito’s historic district, known as García Moreno y Espejo, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

During the day-long event there will be five panel discussions with journalists and speakers that will reflect on the two years of the Communication Organic Law, journalism in the age of censorship and how the foreign press views Ecuador.

The event will be chaired by Gustavo Mohme, IAPA president and editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, and César Ricaurte, Fundamedios executive director, and also attending will be representatives of organizations such as Ricardo Corredor, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) of Colombia; Luis Pardo, International Broadcasting Association (AIR) and Association of  Broadcast Stations of Chile; Ricardo Uceda, Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), Peru; Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ); Daniel Dessein, World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) and Association of Argentine News Entities (ADEPA), Argentina; Don Podesta, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA); Nora Sanín, Colombian Association of Newspaper and New Media Editors and Publishers (Andiarios); Kela León, Peruvian Press Council (CPP); Pedro Vaca, Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), Colombia, and IFEX-ALC Organizations Network for Latin America and the Caribbean; Alvaro Caviedes, National Press Association (ANP), Chile; Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and editor of Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda; Rolando Archila, Publinews, Guatemala; Fernán Molinos, Metro Libre, Panama; Ricardo Trotti, IAPA executive director, among others.

The entrance is free and the event will be broadcast live on #ForodeQuito. For more information e-mail info@fundamedios.org.ec.

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.

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