25 February 2016

Washington, DC, organizations decry of press freedom in Ecuador


MIAMI, Florida (February 25, 2016)—The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Ecuadorean Association of Newspaper Editors and Publishers (AEDEP) and Andean Foundation for the Observation and Study of Media (Fundamedios) today begin a two-day session in Washington, DC, meeting with representatives of inter-governmental bodies and United States officials to tell them of the concerns about the continuing deterioration of press freedom in Ecuador.

In line with points established in the Quito Action Plan, arising from the Freedom of Expression Forum held in September 2015 in Ecuador and which envisions specific actions to back freedom of the press in the South American nation, the international bodies will meet with Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro and with Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression Edison Lanza.

Also planned are meetings with representatives of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), State Department officials and Democrat and Republican members of the U.S. Congress.

The international delegation is made up of IAPA President Pierre Manigualt, president of the Charleston, South Carolina, newspaper The Post and Courier; Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda; Joel Simon, executive director of the CPJ, New York, N.Y.; Nicolás Pérez, co-editor of El Universo, Guayaquil, Ecuador; Diego Cornejo, executive director or AEDEP, Quito, Ecuador; César Ricaurte, director of Fundamedios, Quito, Ecuador; Mauricio Alarcón, projects director of Fundamedios, Quito, Ecuador; Don Podesta, manager and editor of the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), Washington, DC; Anders Gyllenhaal, news vice president of McClatchy Company, Washington, DC, and Ricardo Trotti, IAPA executive director, Miami, Florida.

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.