"Immortal Pencils" campaign


Resolution presented to the IAPA


WHEREAS the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) in its continuous campaign of promotion of press freedom and against impunity in murders of journalists finds it to be imperative to continue to promote campaigns of public education and, on this occasion, with the strategic support of Zubi and other creative companies, such as Indiehouse, will launch the "Immortal Pencils" campaign

WHEREAS the "Immortal Pencils" campaign has the objective of demanding justice and combating impunity, honoring the victims, raising public conscience and promoting changes in public policies, an aim shared by the IAPA in its battle against impunity in murders of journalists since 1995

WHEREAS the campaign, whose theme is "voices can be silenced, but freedom is bullet-proof," incorporates into the black lead of the pencils the ADN of Carlos Lajud of Colombia, Alfredo Jiménez Mota of Mexico and Irma Flaquer of Guatemala to make the theme universal through these emblematic cases and thus honor the life of more than 500 murdered and disappeared journalists in recent decades, honors that the IAPA will exalt in relevant acts and ceremonies for this cause

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes "Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly."

The IAPA resolves

to call for the commitment and support of members and non-members of the IAPA to join the multi-platform "Immortal Pencils" campaign, emphasizing that massive support for this initiative will be essential to put pressure for justice to be administered and the governments see themselves committed to give rise to changes in public policies against violence and impunity

to seek that the pencils be used for the activities and ceremonies of the IAPA in which there are signed relevant documents on the part of governments, such as the case of the Declaration of Chapultepec and the amicable solution agreements that the IAPA keeps open with different cases through the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.