Friday, November 12, 2010
Press Freedom and Violence in Latin America
(Disclaimer: I received a IAPA-SIP fellowship to live and work in Chile in 1978-79).
IAPA-SIP was particularly critical of moves by some governments in the region (Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Argentina, for example) to control or muzzle the media. It is also increasingly concerned with violence against individual journalists, including murders and beatings, from drug dealers and other criminal gangs and in some cases forces associated with governments. For the full report, links to individual country segments and specific resolutions, see this link.
Regarding violence against journalists, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, in conjunction with IAPA-SIP, will hold a two-day meeting in early December at the University of Texas - El Paso to discuss ways that media can protect journalists along the U.S.-Mexico border and related issues. Eleven journalists have been killed in Mexico so far this year covering the drug-related and gang-related violence in that country. For the story, click here.