Resolution presented to the IAPA Mid-year Meeting 2020

WHEREAS the State has a monopoly on information, restricts telecommunications and Internet access

WHEREAS the State imprisons, persecutes, and intimidates independent journalists, their families, and news sources

WHEREAS those attacks remain in total impunity due to a judicial system controlled by the authorities

WHEREAS in this period 11 journalists were detained, 24 were prohibited from leaving the country, seven were threatened or suffered cyberbullying on social networks and five journalism-related portals were blocked

WHEREAS the journalist and lawyer Roberto de Jesús Quiñones, from the Cubanet portal, has been threatened by authorities at the Guantánamo Prison where he is serving a one-year sentence for disclosing his experience as an inmate and the deplorable prison conditions

WHEREAS Principle 1 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes: "There are no free people or societies without freedom of expression and of the press. The exercise of this is not a concession from the authorities; it is an inalienable right of the people ".

The IAPA midyear meeting resolves

to condemn the restrictions on the exercise of freedom of the press and of expression and legal and constitutional prohibitions to exercise journalism

to urge the government to stop the practices of persecution and harassment against journalists and collaborators, their families and information sources.