27 November 2012


Donat Impact Recognition Ways to Give

FREEDOM OF PRESS AND OF EXPRESSION (FOP/FOE) International Delegations help consolidate institutional commitments and processes that protect the independent news media and journalists. They contribute to building awareness around issues concerning individual liberties and democracy.

The IAPA Digital Strategy allows the organization to provide enhanced services to its members and the general public, promotes wider citizen participation, and positions the IAPA strategically toward the future.

The Agenda for High-Risk Countries, composed of direct action, promotional, and educational campaigns,counteracts attempts to debilitate individual liberties and other fundamental rights in the defense of democratic values and institutions.

IAPA’s Technical Capacity goals include the creation of enhanced communication systems to support outreach; the enhancement of internal professional capacities to strengthen the organization; the increase of membership and support base; and the provision of enhanced services to IAPA members and citizens at large.

CHAPULTEPEC PROJECT The Project’s Hemispheric Conferences encourage collaborative critical dialogue and action to advocate against laws that hinder the functions of the independent news media.

Inter-American Forums for Supreme Court Justices create a dynamic support network among Justices, and promote the application of international legal standards for FOP/FOE and the adherence to legal commitments reached through international treaties on human rights.

The Ambassadors Program prepares future leaders to identify legal threats to freedom of the press and of expression and to take action.

The Digital Legal Database on FOP/FOE is an indispensable legal resource for media attorneys, investigative journalists, and other NGOs interested in seeking changes in the Law.

IMPUNITY PROJECT Investigations of Unpunished Criminal Cases provide in-depth knowledge of the causes that fuel violence and impunity, and allow the IAPA to design and implement appropriate advocacy strategies to achieve the goals of eliminating statutes of limitation on this type of crimes; securing the toughening of sentences for perpetrators; and seeking the creation of special jurisdictions to prosecute criminals as well as the implementation of official systems of protection for journalists.

The Legal Fund allows the organization to continue to bring unpunished criminal cases to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to provide assistance to victims’ families to continue civil proceedings.This strategy fosters international awareness; helps reach amicable solutions with governmentsto provide moral and material compensation for the victims; and promotes the advancement of appropriate policy reforms.

The Journalism Training to Minimize Risk lessens journalists’ vulnerability when commissioned to work in risk zones and/or are faced with violence and threats.

The international University Network against Impunity seeks to revitalize the role of universities as agents of change and multipliers of knowledge, and foster changes in curricula to provide a type of education for future professionals more attuned to present day reality.

Laboratory against Impunity Itinerant Forums encourage the participation of universities in day-to-day social affairs and strengthen their role to educate and promote social responsibility in the defense of FOP and democracy.

Student Competitions of Journalistic Digital Short Video and Photography help cultivate greater professional responsibility. Competence outputs support IAPA’s education and awareness campaigns to encourage citizen mobilization.

Academic, Professional, and Student Exchanges foster consultation, critical dialogue, and learning around violence and impunity. They also provide enhanced educational opportunities and promote curricular updates.

The Hemispheric Conference of Universities against Impunity provides a framework for increased public and official awareness and action around the themes of violence against the press and impunity, and other FOE/FOP issues in the Americas. Online Courses on Covering Dangerous Assignments provide extended and financially affordable learning opportunities for students and professionals that lack the resources to attend in person training.

The Faces of Impunity Digital Museum nurtures public memory, puts a human face to victims, affords moral compensation for the victim’s family and colleagues, and creates an immediate sense of social awareness.

The Library of Educational Materials serves as a valuable resource for training and promotional campaigns as well as for use by media professionals, IAPA members, journalism students, and other non-profit institutions working to advance freedom of the press and of expression.

White Paperson Freedom of the Press educate citizens; foster awareness of the legal, legislative, administrative, or private issues that impact on FOP/FOE; and inform the formulation of specific proposals to be presented before governments and public institutions to seek reforms and corrective actions.

PRESS INSTITUTE Business Management Seminars for Newspaper Professionals improve the financial efficiency, competitiveness, and productivity of newspapers through the professional development of directors and managers.

Newsroom Leaders Seminars engender leadership and administrative competences on the part of editors and those responsible for the editorial aspects of a publication, while filling the gap left by Journalism and Communication schools that do not provide training in these areas.

Stand-Alone Seminars on Current Issues increase the professional capacity of journalists to cover relevant social themes and foster constructive professional debate.

Seminars for Small Newspapers help generate new sources of revenue for these venues and increase their financial solvency, allowing them to continue serving as the source of local news, and providing an important service to small communities.

Seminars for Tabloid Newspapers improve the journalistic quality of these publications at the administrative, editorial, and ethical levels.

The E-Learning Program broadens the reach of IAPA’s in-person trainings by serving other publics that for strategic or financial reasons cannot attend in person seminars offered in their region.

The Hora de Cierre Magazine and Hor@Digital Blog promote the professional development of journalists and others interested in the news media, and support the training of future professionals, serving as a bridge to exchange information and empirical knowledge.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM The IAPA Scholarship Program for Journalism students contributes to the development of leadership and other professional skills, and allows for better understanding of inter-American relations and issues.

AWARDS PROGRAM The IAPA Awards Program promotes a type of journalism of greater excellence, commitment, and responsibility toward democratic values.