IAPA Midyear Meeting, March 29 to 31, 2019, Cartagena, Colombia
WHEREAS the American Convention on Human Rights (Pact of San José of 1969) in its chapter on Freedom of Thought and of Expression states that every person has the right to freedom of thought and of expression

WHEREAS the Convention says: "There cannot be restricted the right to expression through indirect channels or media, such as the abuse of official or private controls of newsprint for newspapers, of radio-electric frequencies or of equipment and apparatus used in the dissemination of information or by any other means aimed at impeding the communication and circulation of ideas and opinions"

WHEREAS the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in October 2000 says in its Principle 5: "Prior censorship, direct or indirect interference in or pressure exerted upon any expression, opinion or information transmitted through any means of oral, written, artistic, visual or electronic communication must be prohibited by law. Restrictions to the free circulation of ideas and opinions, as well as the arbitrary imposition of information and the imposition of obstacles to the free flow of information violate the right to freedom of expression"

WHEREAS the right to work with fair remuneration is included in Paragraph 3 of Article 46 of the Political Constitution of the State of Bolivia and says that: There are prohibited all forms of forced labor or other analogous kinds of exploitation that oblige a person to carry out work without his or her consent and fair payment

WHEREAS the Declaration of Chapultepec declares in its Principle 5: "Prior censorship, restrictions on the circulation of the media or dissemination of their reports, forced publication of information, the imposition of obstacles to the free flow of news, and restrictions on the activities and movements of journalists directly contradict freedom of the press."


to urge the government of Bolivia to maintain respect for the international conventions and treaties that protect freedom of expression and avoid restrictions of this fundamental right by direct means such as the application of free advertising

to issue a call on the government to amend this policy that strangles the finances of independent media and puts at risk the work stability of journalists and news staffs of newspapers, radio stations and television channels

to ask the government to eliminate the measure that requires media to disseminate free of charge advertisements because this violates the sense of justice with which they carry out an informative task under protection of current laws.