IAPA and AIR Renew Commitment to Press Freedom in the Americas

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and the International Broadcasting Association (AIR) renewed their commitment to fight for press freedom in the Americas during the night of Mars.During the night of Tuesday, May 24, a special ceremony was held within the framework of the 48th General Assembly of the AIR at the headquarters of the National Associaton of Broadcaster (NAB), attended by the presidents of the IAPA, Jorge Canahuati and AIRE, Eugenio Soza Mendoza and signed the Washington Declaration.The document encourages both institutions (IAPA and AIR) to continue working with a common agenda in favor of press freedom and the sustainability of the media in the Western Hemisphere because in the 21st century threats and actions that threaten existence persist in the world of journalism and of free and independent media. It should be noted that this 2022 declaration is the fifth signed by both entities after the agreements of 1952 in Panama, 1973 in Caracas, in 1991 in Sao Paulo and in 2003 in Miami.In addition to renewing the precepts of freedom of expression and independence of the media, the current one focuses on the search for solutions to the new challenges in the digital age. Eugenio Soza Mendoza indicated that governments must promote and establish the necessary legal conditions so that national and local media can thrive in the new digital era, with equal opportunities. Jorge Canahuati, president of Grupo Ops, Honduras, referred to the solidarity and union of both institutions and hopes for the sustainability of the media. IAPA executives will meet with the Group of Friends of Freedom of Expression and Journalism of the Organization of American States (OAS), composed of the ambassadors of the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Luis Almagro, and the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Pedro Vaca.In addition to Jorge Canahuati, the IAPA mission is composed of Carlos Jornet, president of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, journalistic director of La Voz del Interior, Argentina; Martín Etchevers, president of the Legal Affairs Commission, manager of External Relations of Grupo Clarín, Argentina; Andrea Miranda, member of the Board of Directors, general editor of Grupo Debate Media, Mexico; Sebastián Pastor, vice president of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information for Honduras, executive director of Televicentro, Honduras and Ricardo Trotti, executive director of the IAPA. Also participating in several meetings will be representatives of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP), Lisa Zycherman, deputy legal director and policy advisor, and Sasha Dudding, an attorney. On May 25, Canahuati and Etchevers will participate on behalf of the IAPA, along with other international experts, in a panel organized by the Inter-American Dialogue (IAD) research center on the sustainability of the journalism industry and news deserts. The activity will be carried out virtually and in person at the IAD headquarters. On May 24, the IAPA mission will attend the opening of the 48th General Assembly of the International Broadcasting Association (AIR), to be held this week in Washington, D.C.We recommend you read: At the end of the mission the IAPA will announce its conclusions. The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It is composed of more than 1,300 publications from the Western Hemisphere; and is headquartered in Miami, Florida, United States. What was he doing? Salvador Ramos recorded prowling Robb School in Uvalde, Texas (VIDEO)

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