IAPA and UCAB continue training journalists on freedom of expression

Next course will specialize in lawyers, judges and justice operators

Miami (February 16, 2021).- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB, in Spanish), of Venezuela, continue the training of journalists from Latin America, through the Virtual Course in Freedom of Expression, as part of the Chapultepec Index project.

The course is aimed at 30 journalists and will conclude in April. It is dictated through the UCAB platform with the purpose of deepening the knowledge and defense of the right to freedom of expression in the exercise of the profession. The seminar diploma is part of the work by both organizations in the context of the Chapultepec Index, a system for measuring and evaluating freedom of the press and expression in 22 countries of the hemisphere.

Francisco Martorell Cammarella, director of the Chilean magazine El Periodista, says that the seminar "serves to refresh knowledge, learn about the scope of international agreements and specific cases that help us in our professional development." Emmanuel Rivas, a Venezuelan journalist, considers that the experience in the course "allows us to strengthen our knowledge and prepare us to face the outbursts of the rulers." His Mexican colleague, Áxel Chávez, emphasizes that the creation of "networks between journalists, as well as continuous training, are essential elements to face the risks of our profession."

The IAPA and UCAB announced they will launch a new course for lawyers, judges, and justice operators before the end of 2021.

IAPA is a non-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 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.