Miami (November 1, 2023) - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will actively participate in the events commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists this November 2 and 3 at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C.
The IAPA will be represented by its president, Michael Greenspon, Global Head of Licensing and Print Innovation for The New York Times; its first vice president, Roberto Rock, editor of La Silla Rota, Mexico City, Mexico; and Carlos Lauría, who will assume the organization's executive leadership on November 12.
Organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the OAS General Secretariat, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and its Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (SRFOE), the discussions will focus on violence against journalists and how to improve their safety and the integrity of elections, among other topics.
During these days, special events will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur and the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Special Procedure.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur was created in 1998. The initial proposal emerged as part of the plan of action of the Hemisphere Conference on Unpunished Crimes Against Journalists that IAPA organized in Guatemala in 1997. That year, the IAPA presented six cases of murdered journalists to the IACHR. Subsequently, IAPA was involved in the 2000 Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression.
UNESCO announced the launch on November 2 of a thematic report focusing on violence against journalists during election periods. Among the report's conclusions, the security forces are blamed as the main aggressors of journalists and women journalists.
This issue will also be addressed by the IAPA during its General Assembly to be held November 9-12 in Mexico City.
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.