Freedom of the Press in Latin America
A symposium that will bring together media professionals from Latin America and the United States who cover organized crime, corruption, and drug trafficking in Latin America to share and discuss their experiences.
Monday, May 21, 2012
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center
Journalists throughout Latin America practice their profession with courage, often risking their lives to document crime and abuses, expose corruption, and demand accountability from public officials and elected leaders. Their work helps raise public awareness about violations of national and international laws and threats to democratic societies throughout the hemisphere.
2011 was one of the most challenging and tragic years for journalists in Latin America: 24 journalists were killed in the Americas -- seven in Mexico, five in Honduras, four in Brazil, three in Peru and one each in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Paraguay, according to a review by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
Is the high level of organized violence against journalists contributing to a crisis of censorship in Latin America? What is the impact of organized crime and compromised security and judicial institutions in Latin America on the freedom of the press?
This event will bring together media professionals from Latin America and the United States who cover sensitive issues such as organized crime, corruption, and drug trafficking in Latin America to share their experiences and to discuss how international organizations, the media, and governments are responding to such challenges.
Lisl Brunner, Staff Attorney, Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Delphine Halgand, DC Director
Reporters Without Borders
Cynthia Cardenas, Legal Adviser
ARTICLE 19's Office to Mexico and Central America
Carlos Eduardo Huertas, Investigations Editor
Revista Semana, Colombia
Rubén Keoseyán, Executive Editor
Maximo Langer, UCLA Law School
Rubén Hernández-León, UCLA Sociology Department
Free and open to the public. Limited seating and registration is recommended.
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Cost: Free and open to the public
Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute, Center for Labor Research and Education