Miami (September 26, 2023) - The safety of journalists and the protection of their work in the face of authoritarianism and organized crime in the Americas will be the focus of the 79th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), November 9-12 in Mexico City.
"Crimes and attacks against media and journalists, as well as threats aimed at generating self-censorship, are spreading day by day across our continent. We need to act urgently," said IAPA President Michael Greenspon, Global Head of Print Licensing and Innovation at The New York Times.
Keynote speakers include Joel Simon, founder ande director of Journalism Protection Initiative that is hosted by the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY). Simon researches the growing threats to journalists, focusing on disinformation and propaganda, the regulatory policies of technology platforms, the rise of authoritarianism, and the use of violence, repression, and lawfare to suppress critical voices.
In addition, IAPA announced that before the Assembly on Wednesday, November 8, it would hold an academic conference at La Libertad University in Mexico City under the title "How to make the media more profitable." The program will include presentations on trends in digital news consumption in Latin America, new technologies applied to the media, and data management to measure social mood.
Registration for the academic conference is free, and IAPA will open registration for participants in the coming days.
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.