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Mérida: Brilliant venue for hemisphere press Presidents from Western Hemisphere nations and prominent business and communication leaders have been invited to the IAPA’s 66th General Assembly, November 5-9 in the enchanting city of Mérida, Yucatán. The Host Committee, chaired by Gerardo García Gamboa, reports that arrangements for social and cultural events are confirmed and assures full security measures are in place. (See stories on Page 2)

Globovisión head given IAPA award The 2010 IAPA Grand Prize for Press Freedom has been awarded to Guillermo Zuloaga, president of the Venezuelan television network Globovisión. This was announced by Fabricio Altamirano of the El Salvador newspaper El Diario de Hoy, chairman of the Awards Committee, who also gave the names of the winners in 11 news categories. (See list on Page 6.) Zuloaga has been involved in the world of communication for more than 30 years,

IN THIS EDITION 1. Mesquita accepts ANJ award for IAPA 2. São Paulo starts planning for General Assembly 3. Anniversaries celebrated in Argentina, Paraguay

Guillermo Zuloaga Núñez

including in line with the journalistic tradition of his family, founders more than 90 years ago of a leading Venezuelan newspaper, El Universal, and now at the head of Globovisión, which in its own inimitable style on-air broadcasts to the world.

IAPA mission to meet with authorities in Mexico The IAPA and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) are to join forces to combat crimes against journalists and the impunity reigning in Mexico, deploying an international mission to Mexico City on September 22-23, when the leaders of the two organizations are to meet with Mexico’s Felipe Calderón

The IAPA strongly condemned a gun attack on the offices of the Mazatlan, Mexico, newspaper Noroeste carried out in the early hours of September 1. IAPA President Alejandro Aguirre said the assault “curtails press freedom and the people’s right to receive information.” Go to

and other federal officials and other members of the executive and legislative branches of government. (Continued on Page 3).


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*Presentation on Mayan heritage by Mexican anthropologists on Friday, November 5. Several IAPA committee meetings round out the day. *Saturday features a panel on violence and impunity and the impact of the illicit drug trade in Mexico. Public prosecutors from four states (Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Veracruz and Campeche) will discuss the affliction that threatens Mexican society and the safety of journalists. The CLAEP program of accreditation of journalism schools in the Americas will hold a training workshop with invited guests. *Sunday, as is our tradition, will be devoted to the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information session and reports by regional vice chairmen. *Monday, a panel discussion of Latin American and global economies. Following the official opening of the General Assembly by the President of Mexico, conferences and panel discussions by Televisa president


SEMINARS PROGRAM TO FEATURE LATEST PRESS AND JOURNALISM TOPICS On Friday, November 5, two experts will conduct a session on digital advertising alternatives for newspapers that integrates the results of a survey among IAPA members and how they can take full advantage of the opportunities offered by online marketing and advertising. Saturday continues the topic with a session on the positioning and marketing of search engines – the what, how, why, when and where of the practices of positioning and payment for advertising on online search engines. Later, a presentation on strategies for a successful business model in the digital world will feature a case study on The Wall Street Journal. Closing out the day is a session on the opportunities for creating international or regional operations with newspaper-generated content based on brand recognition and the technology at hand. n Emilio Azcárraga and businessman Carlos Slim as well as a discussion on the reach in the Americas of countries such as Russia and Iran. *On Tuesday the General Assembly winds up with approval of final reports and the customary Future Sites Committee session. n

YUCATAN: MEXICO’S SAFEST STATE Compares to Holland, Switzerland and Chile IAPA members, perhaps more than the general public, are aware of the difficulties facing Mexico due to the drug trade and crimes against journalists. During last November’s 27th session of Mexico’s National Public Safety Council Yucatán was recognized as the Mexican state with the highest level of social peace and tranquility – comparable to a number of cities in the Western world. Findings show that Yucatán has a 2.5 percentage rate of absence of safety, placing it on the same low level as cities in Holland, Switzerland and Chile, all countries known for their security.

Yucatán Governor Ivonne Ortega Pacheco said that “…to be named once again the safest state in the country makes us proud because it generates investment, jobs and conditions that attract companies in addition to reflecting a solid commitment and satisfaction on our part.” The Host Committee confirmed that officials at all levels have assured that even with the safe environment that Mérida and the entire state of Yucatán offer, the IAPA General Assembly can count on their commitment to provide the personnel needed to ensure attendees’ safety during the meeting. n

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Hemisphere-wide song contest to promote Impunity Project Miami-based online promotion firm Firefly has signed a contract with the IAPA to conduct a campaign on social networks to raise awareness of the impunity surrounding crimes against journalists in the Western Hemisphere. The centerpiece of the innovative project is a contest for the composition and interpretation of songs written to identify and depict the battle against impunity. The purpose of the 10-month campaign is to impact the younger generation, spread among peers and, as a result, lead to more pressure on governments for justice. A winning IAPA Impunity Project song will be chosen to conclude the program. Member newspapers will be asked to encourage entries by publishing ads which will also be placed on Facebook, YouTube, Twittter and other social networks. n

Brazilian cadidate signs Declaration of Chapultepec Dilma Rousseff, the leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential elections, reconfirmed on August 19th during the Brazilian Newspapers Convention in Rio de Janeiro her pledge to Dilma Rousseff defend press at the inter-American level. Rousseff, who leads pre-election polls, said that regarding her position on freedom of expression she would “like to make it very clear” that she is “radically opposed to any form of control over news content.” (Continued on Page 4)

IAPA, CPJ activities in Mexico

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On September 23 a joint IAPA-CPJ mission will host a presentation at the Casa Lamm Cultural Center in Mexico City for journalists and legislators to review the state of violence, impunity and the safety of journalists; on the 24th an Editors and Publishers Forum in Monterrey is scheduled to deal with the same issues. IAPA’s delegation will be headed by President Alejandro J. Aguirre and will include 1st Vice President Gonzalo Marroquín, Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information Chairman Robert Rivard, Impunity Committee Chairman Francisco Ealy Ortiz, journalist Roberto Rock, Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz and Press Freedom Director Ricardo Trotti. With some 70 reporters murdered over the last decade, Mexico is one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism. On August 30 journalists across the country mobilized to demand justice in cases of murders or disappearances of journalists. Their demonstrations coincide with the Inter American Press Association’s (IAPA) insistence to the Mexican federal government that these crimes be made federal offenses. (See ads published in Spanish-language newspapers in the Americas next to this story.) Newspaper readers in the Western Hemisphere have also been invited to add their signatures to a letter addressed to President Calderón asking him to set up legal mechanisms to confront and halt the increasing violence. See n

PUT AN END to impunity

Mexican journalists mobilized in their country, calling on the authorities to apply justice in cases of murder of journalists – some 70 in the last 10 years. This protest coincides with the

Go to the Web site www.impunidad. com and sign a letter of adherence to this request which we will be sending to the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón. Or, if you prefer, write to us at:

IAPA’s insistence to the Mexican government – make such crimes federal

limitations for this kind of crime and

Inter American Press Association 1801 SW 3rd Avenue Miami, Florida 33129, USA Fax: 305-635-2272 E-mail:

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This project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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Downtown overlooking San Diego Bay. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and California’s second, after Los Angeles.

A working session to prepare for the IAPA Midyear Meeting, scheduled for April 6-9, 2011 in San Diego, California, confirmed the high level of commitment by co-hosts, ASNE – The American Society of News Editors

ROUSSEFF SIGNS DECLARATION OF CHAPULTEPEC (Continued from Page 1) Workers Party candidate Rousseff, 62, signed the Declaration of Chapultepec following her presentation. She was endorsed years ago by Brazil’s Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and his predecessor, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. Rousseff leads in the polls with a 20 percent advantage over the main opposition candidate for the October 3 presidential elections. To stress her compliance with the principles of the Declaration, Rousseff read out some of its articles and said that among emerging countries Brazil is one of the leading democratic societies. She added that social peace is an essential part of democracy and “cannot be reached through the use of restraints.” “It can only be obtained when people – all people – have an improved quality of life. Because a democracy with social peace is a truly solid democracy,” the presidential candidate stated. n

The August 4th meeting was chaired by the presidents of the San Diego Union Tribune, Jeff Light, and The Denver Post, Greg Moore, and was coordinated by ASNE President Milton Coleman who also holds the office of IAPA 2nd vice president. 17 editors and publishers of U.S. papers also attended. The agenda for the joint meeting included a visit by Coleman and IAPA Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz to the Institute of the Americas at the University of California in San Diego and negotiations and inspection at the hotel chosen as the conference venue, the San Diego Marriott and Marina, along with other hotels in the city. n

IAPA PRESS INSTITUTE ACTIVITIES IN LIMA More than 60 editors, publishers and journalists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico will take part in the IV Meeting of Popular Papers and Community Marketing to be held September 8-10 in Lima, Peru, under the sponsorship of local newspaper Trome and the IAPA Press Institute. Speakers include Matt Kelly, Director of Digital Content of the Mirror Group of London, England; Carla Chávez, Trome Entertainment Editor; Luis Fernando Gomes, Contents Editor-in-Chief of the Lance! Group of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Ingrid López of Merkapress, Guatemala; Iñaki Palacios, Associate Director of Cases I Associats of Barcelona, Spain, and Homero Hinojosa, a Monterrey, Mexico, editorial consultant. On September 28-29 Lima newspaper El Comercio, as part of its contribution to the IAPA’s Internet Committee that is chaired by Dr. Francisco Miró Quesada Rada, will hold a seminar titled “Electronic Democracy and Freedom of Expression on the Internet” featuring new trends in online journalism and advertising. Those interested in participating can write to Heidi Loayza at hloayza@

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BRAZIL’S NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION (ANJ) AWARDS IAPA ITS PRESS FREEDOM PRIZE Júlio César Mesquita, vice president of the Brazilian National Newspapers Association (ANJ) accepted the 2010 Press Freedom Prize awarded to the Inter American Press Association during the ANJ’s 8 th Brazilian Newspaper Convention in Rio de Janeiro on August 17th. Mesquita presented a speech of gratitude prepared by IAPA President Alejandro Aguirre, who was unable to attend the ceremony. In his remarks Aguirre said that while he has criticized Brazil’s President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva for some of his international positions, particularly his support for governments that restrict press freedom, he recognized that the leader “has endorsed and followed” press freedom principles found in the nation’s Constitution and through his observance of the IAPA’s Declaration of Chapultepec. In the speech read by Mesquita, Aguirre also said that Brazil still has unsolved problems such as the censorship of O Estado de S. Paulo, which last year was banned by a Federal District court from

ANJ President Judith Brito. Below: Júlio Mesquita, who accepted the award in the name of the IAPA.

publishing information about a federal police investigation of businessman Fernando Sarney. “For 31 years we have worked with the ANJ to meet our common objectives. Some of you will recall the national meeting we held here to present the Declaration of Chapultepec, which was signed in 1996 by the then President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso,” the speech prepared by Aguirre said. President Lula signed the declaration in 2006. Aguirre added that the IAPA is working with the ANJ to organize a forum with Brazil’s high courts to discuss the obstacles to freedom of the press and how international tribunals’ decisions can protecting freedoms and fill in the gaps that could surface from Brazilian legislation. n

PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY FOR 2012 GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN SÃO PAULO In view of the high demand in Sao Paulo for major international sports events and conventions, IAPA Executive Director Julio E. Muñoz visited there in August to guarantee the dates and hotel for the 2010 IAPA General Assembly. “We can conclude that the planning for this General Assembly has begun very successfully and within the parameters established by the Executive Committee,” Muñoz said. The local newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, which invited the IAPA to begin preparations, named the president of the paper’s publishing company, Silvio Genesini, to be in charge of planning the event. Pablo de Tarso Nogueira, also from O Estado de S. Paulo, played a major role in drawing up the programming. In a meeting with 12 representatives from Brazilian

The headquarters of O Estado de S. Paulo

newspapers and news companies, Genesini summarized the accomplishments of the first meeting which will be followed-up in September. Attending the meeting were executives from O Estado de S. Paulo, O Globo, PRC, Rede Paranaense de Comunicaciones, RAC, Grupo Abril, Grupo RBS, A Tribuna de Santos and Folha de S. Paulo, among others. n

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2010 IAPA AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN JOURNALAWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED DURING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN MERIDA 1. Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Inter-American Relations Award (Sponsored by La Prensa, Managua, Nicaragua)

designed and interactive.

Diana Carolina Durán Núñez, El Espectador, Colombia, for “Extradited Colombian death squad leaders leave valuable information behind,” published in The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. The article addresses possible interference by the United States in the Colombian legal system. Outstanding for its level of excellence and depth in processing the information and verification by sources.

Carlos Alberto Giralda Monsalve of El Colombiano, Medellín, Colombia, for his column “Carta a Alfonso Cano, de las FARC” (Letter to Alfonso Cano of FARC), which condemns the killing of a peasant family resulting from the explosion of an anti-personnel mine. Clarity, accuracy, relevance and insight are some of the features of this piece which makes the reader feel he is experiencing first-hand a disaster that is a daily occurrence in Colombian towns where thousands of innocent people suffer the consequences of a war that has lasted far too long.

Honorable mention: Luis Alberto González of La Estrella de Panamá, for “Lucha Antidrogas preocupa a Estados Unidos” (Anti-Drug Battle Concerns United States) on drug trafficking in Central America. 2. Human Rights and Service to the Community Award (Sponsored by Panamá-América, Panama City, Panama; El Comercio, Lima, Peru; Organización Publicitaria, S.A., San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina) Jenny Caputo, The San Antonio ExpressNews, San Antonio, Texas, for “Africa to America: Educating Refugee Children,” published in the San Antonio ExpressNews, and describing the sharp changes and adaptation of African refugees in the United States. A warm and humane series, it is powerful and extremely well written. Honorable mention: José Alejandro Almazán Rodríguez, Emeequis of Mexico City, Mexico, for his article “Los niños de Hermosillo” (The Children of Hermosillo) about a tragic fire in an orphanage.

4. Opinion Award (Sponsored El Mercurio, Santiago, Chile)

5. News Coverage Award (Sponsored by El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela, and O Estado de S. Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) Ramsés Tamayo, Expreso, Hermosillo, Mexico, for his coverage of the tragedy of the “Guardería ABC” (ABC Nursery School). A magnificent example of how ”local” news takes on a regional, even international, dimension due to the weight of the facts and the relevance of the journalistic work. 6. In-Depth Reporting Award (Sponsored by The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida) The Wall Street Journal team in Mexico (David Luhnow, José de Córdoba, Joel Millman, John Lyons) for their series about the treatment of immigrants at the hands of drug cartels and the implications for the United States, published in The Wall Street Journal, New York.

3. IAPA Newspaper in Education Award (Sponsored by Novedades de Quintana Roo, Mexico, and El Diario de Hoy, San Salvador, El Salvador)

7. Features Award (Sponsored by El Comercio, Quito, Ecuador, and McClatchy Newspapers, Sacramento, California)

The newsroom of El Imparcial, Hermosillo, Mexico, for its Press School Program. An excellent initiative, now in its 12th year linking the press and education with the clear objective of encouraging readership and highlighting reading’s critical value. A full and easy-to-follow program, well

Marco Aurelio Rius, Elcio Braga and Aline Salgado of Jornal O Dia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for their series of features on Brazilian survivors of World War II. Honorable mention: Alberto Salcedo Ramos, SOHO, Bogotá, Colombia, for the feature “El pueblo que sobrevivió

una masacre amenizada con gaitas” (Massacre Survivors Threatened With Excuses). An article that shows excellent use of image and narrative language. 8. Photography Award (Sponsored by The Washington Post Company, Washington, DC, and ABC Color, Asunción, Paraguay) Ernesto Benavides del Solar of El Comercio , Lima, Peru, for the photographic report “Rezagos de la Fiebre del Guano” (The Fallout from Guano Fever), dealing with the current movement of guano, a sad reflection of what was once a bonanza poorly taken advantage of. Masterly use of composition, light and layout. 9: Cartoon Award (Sponsored by El Tiempo, Bogotá, Colombia) Cristian Gustavo Dzwonik of La Nación, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his series on the government’s attack on press freedom. The selection of vignettes establishes a direct and intelligent communication with the reader, through a combination of resources. 10. Infographics Award (Sponsored by Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina) Ary Moraes and Clarissa Monteagudo of EXTRA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for their infographics “Candomblé” (Brazilian Voodoo). The illustration is integrated with the overall design of its webpages. Honorable mention: Glauco Costa Lara of O Estado de S. Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, for his infographics on Transportation. 11. Online News Coverage Award (Sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, New York) Gustavo Sierra of Clarín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his interesting presentation on the transformation of chemical plants into drug-making facilities. A good use of audiovisual resources, with well-structured content on a topic generating a high level of interest – the disturbing problem of drug trafficking on the Mexico x U.S. border. n

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The president of Diario Popular, Jorge Fascetto, during the event commemorating the paper’s anniversary.

BUENOS AIRES PAPER MARKS ANNIVERSARY The Buenos Aires daily newspaper Diario Popular celebrated its 36th anniversary on July 1 with a statement by editor Francisco Fascetto that it is now “the country’s third largest newspaper in terms of sales” and “in full and constant growth.” “There are those who question the power of the press and ask about the legitimacy of its sources,” Fascetto said, “The answer is clear and irrefutable: In a democracy there is no institution, no power, no organization that subjects itself to an ongoing vote, every day, every hour, every minute, as is the case of the news media.” Among those in attendance were Buenos Aires Provincial Governor Daniel Scioli, federal cabinet members Florencio Randazzo, Amado Boudou and Julio Alak, as well as Head of Government Mauricio Macri and members of his cabinet. In a message of congratulations IAPA President Alejandro J. Aguirre said that Diario Popular bases itself on “the best ethical, journalistic and professional standards.” n

Breves DEATH.- Lawyer and journalist Edgardo Dumas Rodríguez died on July 31 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since 1956 he was president of the law firm bearing his name where he worked with his sons Rodolfo and Edgardo. Dumas graduated in legal and social sciences from the Autonomous National University of Honduras (UNAH) and did postgraduate business studies at Harvard University. He also attended postgraduate courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and New York University. He served as Labor Minister in 1963, then as Finance Minister and Defense Minister. Dumas also represented Honduras as governor of the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Central American Economic Integration Bank (BCIE) and International Monetary Fund. He was ambassador to the United States and represented Honduras in the Inter American Press Association (IAPA). n

PANAMA’S LA PRENSA NOW 30 YEARS OLD During the 30th anniversary celebration for the Panama City newspaper La Prensa, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli said that in his country “there is freedom of expression and my government will always respect it, just as it respects democracy.” He urged the paper to continue engaging in the responsible journalism that keeps all Panamanians informed. Fernando Berguido, president of the newspaper’s publishing company, Corporación La Prensa, said the publication would remain alert to any danger of “erosion” in the democratic system. La Prensa began circulating on August 4, 1980, breaking through a barrier to information imposed by the dictatorship of General Manuel Antonio Noriega. n

Fernando Berguido speaks at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of La Prensa in the paper’s original offices.

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Roberto Suárez, one of the founders of the Miami, Florida, Spanish-language newspaper El Nuevo Herald, died on July 7 at age 82. He was a member of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Board of Directors and chairman of the Executive Committee and Roberto Suárez participated in numerous IAPA activities. His death drew many messages of condolence and memories of his distinguished career and human warmth. Together with his wife of 60 years, Miriam Campuzano, Suárez headed a family of 12 children and before and after his two decades of service with the Knight Ridder newspaper chain he was an outstanding defender of democratic values and support for a return to democracy in Cuba. n

Spanish newsma leaves great Carlos Mendo, co-founder of the Spanish newspaper El País died on August 22. He was 77 and had been hospitalized for several weeks Mendo, received several awards for his work as a journalist Carlos Mendo during his lifetime and helped launch the Spanish news agency EFE in 1958. He then worked as Rome correspondent for United Press International (UPI), and later as the agency’s Madrid bureau chief. In 1965 he returned to EFE where he worked as executive editor until 1969. Three years later he joined the Editorial Prisa Group, which founded El País, as their London and Washington correspondent. n

Pineda Belloso

Farewell to Venezuelan regional press notable Businessman Esteban Pineda Belloso, who for more than 40 years was president of the Maracaibo, Venezuela, newspaper Panorama, died on August 6 at the age of 75. The newspaper’s Web site recalled that Pineda had headed prestigious and influential business organizations in western Venezuela and turned Panorama into a modern newspaper, “a solid source of information with which he, full of pride, celebrated its 95th anniversary.” “Throughout his life he was devoted to strengthening regional development, always optimistic about the country and his people,” the obit added. n

CENTENARY.- The Paysandú, Uruguay, newspaper El Telégrafo on July 1 marked its first 100 years with a program that included remarks by three former presidents and the current vice president of the South American country. The main event was followed by a toast at a local hotel. The former presidents taking part were Julio María Sanguinetti, Luis Alberto Lacalle and Jorge Batlle, joined by current Uruguayan Vice President Danilo Astori. The newspaper, whose editor is Fernando Alberto Baccaro Viñoly, produced a number of commemorative plaques for the occasion. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) sent its congratulations to Baccaro for such a memorable occasion. HARVARD SCHOLARS.- Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation has selected 25 journalists from around the world to participate in its annual scholarship program. The scholars will be able to attend classes of their choice at Harvard and take part in workshops and seminars on topics such as narrative, video editing and computer-aided journalism. The three Latin Americans selected for the 2010-2011 academic year are Hollman Morris Rincón, a Colombian freelance journalist and director of the award-winning television program “Contravía,” Fernando Berguido, president and publisher of the Panama newspaper La Prensa, and Pablo Corral Vega, an Ecuadorean news photographer and founder of, a social network for professional press photographers.

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