Each of the IAPA’s programs is aimed at increasing understanding among journalists in the northern and southern parts of the hemisphere regarding the conditions they face in their respective countries. The IAPA provides an ongoing forum for journalists, editors and publishers to exchange ideas and opinions.
The cornerstone of the IAPA is the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, which continuously monitors all violations of press freedom in the Western Hemisphere and reviews these violations in its semiannual reports. The committee works as follows:
The Chapultepec Project
The Declaration of Chapultepec is named for the site where it was drafted and adopted in March 1994: Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City. It is based on the premise that “no law or act of government may limit freedom of expression or of the press, whatever the medium.” The Chapultepec Project:
Encourages journalists and the general public to take action to combat impunity, violence and self-censorship, through initiatives such as the Declaration of Pucallpa, the Declaration of Hermosillo and the Phoenix Project.
Pursues the investigation of crimes against journalists in the Western Hemisphere through the IAPA’s Rapid Response Units.
Carries out educational work in the public and private sectors on issues related to violence against journalists; investigates crimes against journalists and refers cases to international bodies.
Conducts broad media campaigns and provides training for journalists through seminars and conferences aimed at reducing risks in news coverage.
Holds hemispheric conferences on how to combat impunity, with the participation of judges, legislators, political leaders, and representatives of civil society.
Publishes pamphlets and videos, and regularly updates the “Risk Map,” a guide to the hazards that journalists face in cities and towns large and small in the most troubled countries.
The mission of the educational arm of the IAPA is to raise the standards of professionalism among newspapers and to promote the financial soundness of media outlets as a way to ensure their journalistic independence. The Press Institute:
As part of its efforts to promote the highest standards of journalism in the Americas, the IAPA grants a wide range of awards for journalistic excellence. Each year the IAPA recognizes work published in the hemisphere’s leading newspapers in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Funded by member contributions, awards are handed out in 10 main categories, in addition to the IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom.
To support quality in journalism education, the IAPA works through the independent Latin American Council for Journalism Education Accreditation (CLAEP) to promote the accreditation of communication and journalism schools in Latin America. The goal is to encourage these schools to maintain up-to-date curricula that reflect the latest developments in the journalism industry. CLAEP is committed to ensuring that future members of the press are effectively trained as allies in the struggle for freedom of the press and freedom of speech, as a way of raising the standards of journalism in the Americas.
The IAPA publishes and distributes its official bulletin Notisip/IAPA News free of charge to more than 2,500 members and organizations throughout the hemisphere. We also maintain seven Web sites, including one devoted to the independent press in Cuba.
The IAPA Scholarship Fund promotes the professional development of journalists in the Americas. Scholarships have been awarded to more than 400 journalists over the past 50-plus years to study at universities in Latin America and North America.ç.
Freedom Forum Library
The IAPA’s Freedom Forum Library is one of the leading independent reference libraries on journalism in the Americas. It is housed on the seventh floor of the IAPA’s Jules Dubois Building in Miami.
Dentro de una amplia gama de publicaciones escritas y en línea, entre las que se incluye el órgano oficial Notisip, se destacan las siguientes páginas electrónicas con mayor información sobre todos los proyectos, funciones y actividades de la SIP: www.sipiapa.org