07 April 2022

IAPA reviews the weak situation of press freedom in the Americas

The meeting, in virtual format, is open to the public and free of charge.

Miami (April 7) - The outrages against freedom of expression and human rights in Nicaragua, the high prison sentences in Cuba for demonstrators in the widespread protests of 2021, and the murders of journalists in Mexico will be, among others, the most relevant topics to be discussed at the Mid-Year Meeting of the Inter American Press Association, April 19-21. The meeting, in virtual format, is open to the public and free of charge. Register at this link.

On Tuesday, April 19, IAPA regional vice presidents, members of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information chaired by Carlos Jornet, La Voz del Interior, Córdoba, Argentina, will also discuss the attacks suffered by journalists and media in Peru and the laws against the practice of journalism in El Salvador, as well as the constant repression of independent journalism in Venezuela. In addition, a panel will address the inefficiencies of the protection systems for journalists in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Honduras.

Also, on Tuesday, IAPA President Jorge Canahuati will present the Chapultepec Award to the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) for its outstanding and influential work in monitoring respect for freedom of expression in Colombia. The IACHR Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Pedro Vaca, will address the participants before the ceremony.

Relatives of imprisoned Nicaraguan journalists, including journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro who is in exile, and two of his brothers who are still deprived of their freedom, have also been invited to give their testimony in a unique space. Finally, the assembly will approve a declaration and plan of action to reverse the excesses of the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship.

The preliminary program for the meeting, which will have simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, can be viewed at this link.

IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.