02 April 2024

The IAPA will start the updating of the Salta Declaration at its Mid-Year Meeting

The online event is free and open to the public.

Miami (April 2, 2024)—During its next virtual Mid-Year 2024 meeting, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will address issues related to updating the 2018 Salta Declaration in light of recent technological changes, analyze legislative initiatives aimed at protecting the media industry with experts from the United States and Europe, and evaluate the state of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas.

The meeting will be online from April 17 to 19 and is free and open to the public. This is the registration link.

The inauguration will be led by the president of the IAPA, Roberto Rock, director of the digital portal La Silla Rota, from Mexico. Then, the president of the IAPA Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, journalistic director of La Voz del Interior of Argentina, and the executive director, Carlos Lauría, will begin the sessions analyzing the state of freedom of press in the Americas, which includes thematic panels on violence against journalists, legal and judicial harassment against media and denial of access to public information in 26 countries in the Americas.

On Thursday, April 18, the IAPA will present roundtable discussions on its intention to update the Salta Declaration, including aspects of artificial intelligence. In addition, the impact of the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act in Europe and the progress of journalism preservation laws in the United States will be analyzed.

On Friday, April 19, there will be panels on the Enhanced Fundamentals Lab, a joint initiative between the SIP and Google News Initiative that has benefited 80 media outlets in Latin American countries in the last year. There will also be more panels on media sustainability, misinformation, and content moderation on social networks.

That Friday, the IAPA assembly will approve press freedom reports and adopt resolutions and demands that it send to the governments of the Americas to adopt public policies that guarantee press freedom.

The Salta Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age, adopted in 2018, consists of 13 principles created to protect the free flow of information and to defend and promote the freedoms of the press and expression in the face of the advancement of the new digital ecosystem.

The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises over 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere and is headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States.