Resolution to the 76 IAPA General Assembly
October 21-23

WHEREAS, the regime has increased repression and censorship against independent media and journalists - as well as against activists and citizens;

WHEREAS, the regime uses the Penal Code to threaten journalists with accusations of contempt, enemy propaganda, incitement to violence, or "mercenarism" for receiving foreign-funded salaries;

WHEREAS, independent media are blocked and hacked; and journalists have been arrested, detained, surveilled, their equipment confiscated, fined, threatened and beaten, and forbidden from leaving their homes or the country;

WHEREAS, Decree 370 censors and monopolizes the use of the Internet, and dozens of people were fined for expressing themselves on social networks;

WHEREAS, ETECSA - the communications monopoly - blocked dozens of independent media sites and used fake accounts to impersonate opponents and independent journalists - as well as the use of trolls;

WHEREAS, journalistic sources, interviewees, and close relatives of journalists are harassed;

WHEREAS, Principle 1 of the Chapultepec Declaration states: "There are no free people or societies without freedom of speech and press. The exercise of these freedoms is not granted by authorities; it is an inalienable right of the people."


To condemn the escalation of threats and restrictions on the exercise of freedom of the press and freedom of expression

To condemn the manipulation of statutes, decrees and legal and constitutional provisions to penalize the practice of journalism

To condemn the State's persecution and harassment practices against journalists and collaborators - as well as their families and information sources.