Mexico City (November 15, 2023) - Journalist Carlos Lauría assumed his duties as executive director of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) after the conclusion of the 79th General Assembly held in Mexico City. Lauría will occupy this position in the organization, replacing journalist Ricardo Trotti, who has led the organization after an outstanding career of 31 years and nine years as executive director.
Roberto Rock, the new president of the IAPA and director of La Silla Rota, Mexico, expressed his confidence in Carlos Lauría's ability to lead the organization in these crucial times for press freedom in the Americas.
"Carlos has vast experience and a deep commitment to press freedom. We are sure that his work will be fundamental to defend journalists and media and strengthen journalism at a time when democracy faces growing challenges."
Lauría is originally from Argentina and resides in New Jersey. He brings to the organization his extensive experience of more than three decades as a journalist and his commitment to defending freedom of expression. He has been a free expression portfolio manager at the London-based Open Society Foundation's independent journalism program and held leadership positions at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
Lauría headed projects, campaigns, and research in Latin America. He established strong relationships with international, regional, and local organizations dedicated to human rights and freedom of expression and with intergovernmental organizations and donors. He has been called an expert at numerous congressional hearings and international conferences.
"We face unprecedented challenges in journalism in an environment full of violence, impunity, and a growing crisis of media sustainability," said Carlos Lauría. "It is vital to work together in defense of truth and journalistic integrity, remembering that Free expression and the independent press are unbreakable pillars of a democratic and just society in the Americas."
During the IAPA General Assembly that ended Sunday in Mexico City, authorities and participants thanked Trotti for his dedication and leadership for over three decades. Trotti will continue his work at the IAPA until the end of the year.