Canada: IAPA to hold academic forum on freedom of the Press in London, Ontario


MIAMI, Florida (September 15, 2016)—The president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), Pierre Manigault, will head a delegation of his organization that will visit the Canadian city of London, Ontario next week. Jointly with two prestigious local post-secondary institutions, IAPA will hold a forum on freedom of the Press and meet with Media and personalities of that region.

In addition to Manigault, of the Charleston, South Carolina, newspaper The Post and Courier, the delegation will be made up by Tony Pederson, former IAPA president and professor at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas; Matt Sanders. second vice president, Deseret Digital Media in Salt Lake City, Utah; Ernesto Kraiselburd, Internet Committee chairman, of El Día, in La Plata, Argentina, and Ricardo Trotti, the executive director of IAPA, based in Miami, Florida.

The forum, titled "The Challenges faced by the Press in a Changing World," will address the main issues that positively and negatively affect journalists and news media in the Western Hemisphere. It will be held on Tuesday September 20 at two of the largest academic institutions in the city of London.

The venue of the morning activity will be Fanshawe College where there will be a panel discussion titled "The Challenges and Strategies for the Digital Transformation of News Media". The participants will be Manigault and Sanders for IAPA and professors Jim Van Horne and Otte Rosenkrantz from Fanshawe. The moderator will be Jessica Bugorski, the Chair of the college's School of Language and Liberal Studies. At noon of that same day, a second panel discussion on "Freedom of Expression and the Right to Communication," will be held at the University of Western Ontario, with the participation of Pederson, Kraiselburd and Trotti for the IAPA, professor Sam Trosow from Western, investigative journalist and researcher Amy Macpherson and professor Germán Gutiérrez, a member of IAPA and faculty member at Fanshawe College.

The delegation visiting the city from 19 to 21 September, will be received by the mayor of London, Matt Brown, who will sign the Declaration of Chapultepec, a document containing 10 principles on Freedom of the Press.

The IAPA will also be taking part in meetings with representatives of local news media and various sectors of London, a city that the IAPA is considering as the venue of one of its annual meetings.

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