WHEREAS, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 77th General Assembly could not be held this year in Madrid, Spain - and instead IAPA organized a four-day virtual platform program of panels and presentations;
WHEREAS, during nearly two years of the health emergency, the following sponsors have maintained their support for this and other IAPA activities: John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative, Facebook Journalism Program, Protecmedia, Televisa, Grupo Sura, Chartbeat, Edward and Karen Seaton, Agencia EFE, Grupo Bolivar, Europa Press, Agence France Presse and The New York Times;
WHEREAS, 82 people made 26 presentations during the four-day assembly - from October 19 to 22, 2021;
WHEREAS, the selection of topics and the high quality of the speakers and panelists gave the IAPA's 77th General Assembly great prominence in the press and on the networks;
WHEREAS, more than 1,000 single viewers connected to the program of the 77th General Assembly via Zoom and YouTube - and in some media outlets the IAPA broadcast was shared among several executives, editors and journalists;
WHEREAS, the directors and officers of the IAPA, who, with a high degree of willingness, were part of the success of the Assembly - making various contributions throughout the program;
WHEREAS, the IAPA working team made an organizational effort to ensure the success of the Assembly;
THE 77th IAPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLVES
To thank the sponsors of this assembly and other IAPA activities, even in the midst of the pandemic: John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Google News Initiative, Facebook Journalism Program, Protecmedia, Televisa, Grupo Sura, Chartbeat, Edward and Karen Seaton, Agencia EFE, Grupo Bolivar, Europa Press, Agence France Presse and The New York Times;
To thank the valuable contribution to this meeting offered by the Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramírez Mercado, the Vice President of Google News Richard Gringas; the German Member of the European Parliament, Axel Voss; the President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Antonia Urrejola; former presidents Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Luis Alberto Lacalle of Uruguay and Jorge "Tuto" Quiroga of Bolivia, as well as the magistrate of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Ricardo Pérez Manrique of Uruguay, the special prosecutor of Mexico, Stephanía Muñoz; Guilherme Canelas de Sousa Godoi, Chief of the Section for Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists at UNESCO; María Cristina Capelo, Latam Head of Safety at Facebook and the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Pedro Vaca Villarreal;
To recognize the contribution of the following press executives and leaders: Gabriela Cañas, president, EFE; María José "Pepa" Bueno, director and Borja Echevarría, executive editor, El País, Spain; Philippe Meistermann, director, Brussels office, German Publishers Association; Bruce Ellen, executive director, Country Press Australia; Florian Nehm, Axel Springer, Germany; Nahuel Caputo, director, El Litoral de Santa Fé, Argentina; Rosental Alves, executive director, Knight Center, University of Texas; David Walmsley, editor-in-chief, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada; Camila Zuluaga, journalist and host, Caracol TV and Blu Radio; David Rubin, Chief Marketing Offices, The New York Times; Fernando Belzunce, editorial director, Vocento; Aitor Moll Sarasola, CEO, Prensa Ibérica; Ana María Reyes, director of Digital Strategy, Grupo Opsa, Honduras; Armando Castilla, CEO, Vanguardia, Mexico; Javier Kraviez, Director of Digital Business, Clarín, Argentina; Alejandro J. Lorenzo Edreida, CEO of Protecmedia, Spain; Ivett Chicas, The Associated Press, Inés Aizpún, Director of Diario Libre, Dominican Republic; Maribel Pérez Wadsworth, President of USA Today; Emilia Díaz-Struck, Latin America Coordinator of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ); Mónica Almeida, El Universo, Guayaquil, Ecuador; Hugo Alconada Mon, La Nación, Argentina and Angel Sotera, Product Director, Infobae, Argentina; Florencia Fernández, La Nación Argentina and Carlos Fernández, El Tiempo, Colombia; Enrique Yarza, Media Hotline; Ramón Alonso Aranegui, Asociación de Medios Informativos (AMI), Spain; David Sánchez, Agencia Gfk, Madrid, Spain.
To congratulate on the success of the IAPA's 77th General Assembly IAPA President Jorge Canahuati Larach, the chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, and Vice Presidents Roberto Rock of La Silla Rota and Michael Greenson of The New York Times, as well as the following authorities, directors of the IAPA and associated organizations who accompanied them in the presentations; Danilo Arbilla, former IAPA president; María Elivar Domínguez, former IAPA president of El País de Cali, Colombia; Gabriela Vivanco, secretary of the Board of Directors and chair of the Membership Committee; Martha Ramos Sosa, editorial director of Organización Editorial Mexicana (OEM) and chair of the Internet Committee; Asdrúbal Aguiar, executive director of IDEAS; Leonor Mulero, chair of the Awards Committee, Grupo Ferré Rangel Media of Puerto Rico; Henry Constantín of Cuba; Miguel Henrique Otero of Venezuela; Rodrigo Salazar Zimmermann of Peru; Sasha Dudding of the United States; Carlos Pérez of Ecuador, Mario Alejandro Sandoval of Guatemala; Ricardo Avelar of El Salvador; Germán Gutiérrez of Canada; Carlos Schearer of Chile; Andrés Mompotes, director of El Tiempo of Colombia and Jorge Carrasco manager of El Diario of Bolivia; Argelia Perozo and León Hernández of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello; Susana Mitchell, executive director of CLAEP; María Lorente, AFP and Candelas Martín de Cabiedes of Europa Press, Spain.