This main event will be held as part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Autónoma de Occidente University. It will be led by the president of the IAPA, Michael Greenspon, Global Head, NYT Licensing & Print Innovation, who will visit Cali on May 8.
The Chapultepec and Salta declarations, which 111 political leaders of Ibero-America have endorsed, will also be signed by Luis H. Pérez, chancellor of UAO; Juan David Bernal, executive director of Claep; Werner Zitzmann, executive president of AMI (Asociación de Medios de Información; Tulio Ángel, executive president of Asomedios (Asociación de Medios de Comunicación de Colombia, and Óscar Domínguez, executive director of Ascun (Asociación Colombiana de Universidades. After the official signing and as a symbolic act, journalists and students from universities of Latin America will digitally sign the Declarations.
"I am encouraged to go to this congress, not only because we will discuss the media's sustainability and the future of journalism education. But rather, because the Autónoma de Occidente University students in Cali will be able to sign the declarations of Chapultepec and Salta, committing their professional future life to defend and promote freedom of the press", Michael Greenspon commented during the IAPA's mid-year meeting, last April 26.
The Declaration of Chapultepec ratifies that freedom of the press is an inalienable right. Therefore, seeking and receiving information should not be restricted, and no media that disseminates the truth or criticizes the public authorities should be penalized.
In addition, it is a commitment to demand severe penalties for attacks on journalists in cases of murder, torture, pressure, and intimidation. Also, the Declaration of Salta, which seeks to guarantee freedom of the press and expression in digital environments, will be signed.
Both declarations will be signed on Monday, May 8, 2023, at 8:15 a.m. (UTC -5) in the Yquinde auditorium of the Autónoma de Occidente University, Valle del Lili campus, Cali, Colombia
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