• YOANI SÁNCHEZ IN COMMITTEE ON FREEDOM OF THE PRESS AND INFORMATION • CALL FOR IAPA AWARDS ENTRIES
IAPA MISSION PRESENTS PRELIMINARY REPORT ON ARGENTINA
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AFTER THREE DAYS OF INTENSE MEETINGS IN BUENOS AIRES An IAPA international delegation that visited Buenos Aires December 5-7 to evaluate the state of press freedom in Argentina reached the preliminary conclusion that there continue to be “serious setbacks for the free practice of journalism in the country.” The final report will be presented in March during the Midyear Meeting in Puebla, Mexico. The mission was headed by Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda. (Continued on Page 7) Sigue en la página 7
(L. to r.): Claudio Paolillo, Elizabeth Ballantine, Alejo Miró Quesada, Miguel Henrique Otero, Marcos Zileri, Alexandre Jobin, Fernán Molinos, Ed McCullough and Julio E. Muñoz, members of the Argentina mission.
Going to Puebla ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 1. Puebla preliminary program 2. Puebla: Archeological and cultural treasure 3. Argentine newspapers campaign
The Virgen de los Remedios church, at the top of the Great Pyramid oc Cholula, some eight miles from downtown Puebla where the IAPA’s Midyear Meeting will take place March 8-11, 2013. The Presidente Intercontinental Hotel will be the venue and the preparations are being made by a Host Committee chaired by the Grupo Síntesis group and the Foundation for Freedom of Expression. Mexico’s president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office on December 1, has been invited along with other figures in journalism, liberal arts, finance and politics. (More on Page 3) Photo: The New York Times
Message from President Jaime Mantilla to IAPA members on the occasion of the Puebla meeting (Page 2)
Chapultepec program in Colombia For January 21 the IAPA is working on organizing a judicial forum and other public activities in Colombia in which mayors and governors of the South American nation will add their signatures to the Declaration of Chapultepec. The mission, which will be carried out at the request of some IAPA members in Colombia, will take place in
auditorium of the Bogotá newspaper El Tiempo. This activity is part of the work being undertaken by the IAPA’s Chapultepec Committee, with the participation of the Chapultepec Ambassadors Program and whose mission is to encourage the commitment of all sectors of society to uphold freedom of expression and of the pressexpresión n
IAPA President issues invitation
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MANTILLA WANTS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH THE ORGANIZATION’S MEMBERS DURING THE MIDYEAR MEETING IAPA President Jaime Mantilla Anderson, of Hoy, Quito, Ecuador, on December 12 sent the following message to the more than 1,300 members of the organization: Estimado socio de la SIP: Como Uds. saben, la próxima Reunión de Medio Año en Puebla, México, se realizará del 8 al 11 de marzo del 2013, y es de sumo interés para nosotros contar con la participación de todos ustedes. Como presidente de la SIP, considero que uno de nuestros objetivos principales es el de incrementar la participación de los socios en nuestras actividades, por lo que hemos planificado hacer una serie de reuniones cortas con los socios que así lo deseen, en las tardes del domingo y lunes (10 y 11 de marzo), para tomarnos un café y conversar sobre los asuntos que puedan ser de mayor interés para cada uno de
Uds. Es necesario que las autoridades de nuestra organización interactúen permanentemente con todos los asociados a fin de integrarnos más y participar activamente en la formulación de ideas, programas, etc. De igual forma, hemos creído conveniente coordinar posibles entrevistas entre los interesados y algunos de los expositores o personas con las que desearen tener algún cruce de ideas durante esos dos días, o en casos especiales, cuando los expositores dispongan de tiempo. Para coordinar estas reuniones les ruego seleccionar el día y temas de su interés, e informarle directamente a Julio E. Muñoz en la oficina de la SIP en Miami, a su correo jmunoz@ sipiapa.org. n
Newspaper launch ad campaign in support of IAPA programs IAPA President Jaime Mantilla launched a campaign in support of the organization’s programs and activities in a letter sent to the owners of newspapers in the Americas in which he requested donation of advertising spaces on coordination with their sales departments. The initiative comes after conversations with the committee chairmen to generate new revenue that can keep in operation the programs that the organization carries out on behalf of freedom of the press and information. Mantilla presented details of the proposal in his letter and noted that officers and members such as Gustavo Mohme, Miguel Henrique Otero, Jorge Canahuati, Andrés García Gamboa and Claudio Paolillo had agreed support that initiativ, offering various spaces in their media. “We believe that this is a situation in which we will all be winners. You can contribute to the work of the IAPA without spending any cash,” Mantilla declared.
He spelled out the most important projects that the organization hopes to carry out in 2013, such as the Center for Research and Training in Journalistic Ethics and Freedom of Expression, which will offer an analysis and in-depth knowledge concerning the range of laws and public policies governing the exercise of free speech. He also referred to the new Press Institute Digital Center which will complement this effort through the holding of online seminars and training courses that will benefit IAPA members as a means of modern professional development at a minimal cost. Mantilla concluded by saying, “Many of our members contributed in the past by offering advertising spaces in support of the Impunity program, which we greatly appreciate. The need to ensure the financial future of the IAPA programs and operations is more urgent than ever and this project becomes more attractive through the possibility of declaring those spaces as donations to the IAPA, your body that works in defense of the principles that we all share – freedom of expression, pluralism, independence.” n
Call for entries for journalism awards
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DEADLINE IS JANUARYB 15 The Inter American Press Association on November 15 issued the call for entries in its 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards contest. Publications and news agencies in more than 33 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean enter their best works in English, Spanish and Portuguese in the contest, whose deadline is January 15, 2013. “The process by which journalists in the Western Hemisphere select the works that are worth entering gives them an exceptional opportunity to show journalistic excellence,” commented Francisco Miró Quesada, editor of El Comercio of Lima, Peru, and chairman of the Awards Committee. “That is why taking part in the contest is, from the outset, a sign of the maturity and quality of a publication.” The adjudication panel will evaluate the entries and choose 10 finalists and the winner in each of the 12 categories. The winners will receive certificates and cash awards during the 69th General Assembly in October in Denver, Colorado. The categories are inter-American relations, human rights, news coverage, features, in-depth reporting,
During the General Assenmbly held October 12-16 in São Paulo, Brazil, there took place the presentation of the 2012 Excellence in Journalism Awards. In the photo (l. to r.) IAPA Awards Committee Chairman Francisco Miró Quesada, reporter Moisés Gómez, and the editor of Hora Cero of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Heriberto Deándar, who together received the award for the best report in the Human Rights and Service to Community category, and Ed McCullough, a member of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.
photography, cartoons, infographics, opinion, newspaper in education, online news coverage, and multimedia coverage. Also awarded is the IAPA Press Freedom Grand Prize to a person or organization with significant achievements in favor of the cause of freedom of the press. In general, the awards consist of $2,000, plaques and diplomas. Direct access: http://www.sipiapa.org/v4/premios. php?idioma=us n
Sánchez accepts role in IAPA Press Freedom Committee
The IAPA named Yoani Sánchez, a journalist and founder of the blog Generación Y, regional vice chair for Cuba of its Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, whose main task will be to monitor freedom of the press in her country. Known around the world for her blog (http://www.desdecuba.com/generaciony) in which she relates the lives of the ordinary people of Cuba, Sánchez, who is also a philologist, said she accepted the role of vice chair “because I have suffered in my own flesh persecution for practicing journalism. She added, “I accepted the post not only to be the watchdog of the Press Freedom Committee in Cuba but to open the way to have a pres that is respected legally, professionally and ethically.” She added she hoped that “many independent reporters, Tweeters, that there are on the island will be able to channel through me the doubts, problems, legal absences that there are in the country.” See interview with Sánchez published in the Quito, Ecuador, newspaper Hoy following her naming: http://bit.ly/ XneOjc. n
HERITAGE SITE PUEBLA, MEXICO, TO BE VENUE OF MIDYEAR MEETING
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IAPA TO FOCUS ON CURRENT PRESS ISSUES MARCH 8-11 Puebla is a university city so the participation of students and the holding of events at academic centers will be part of the Midyear Meeting’s agenda. Scheduled are keynote addresses by internationally renowned speakers. One of the panel discussions is on the role of women in communications – the meeting coincides with International Women’s Day – and another will be about the future of communications and the use of smart phones in which it is hoped that Carlos Slim will take part, in addition to conferences on politics and the economy, education and values. As usual at IAPA meetings, discussion of problems facing the press in the hemisphere, especially those concerning safety, violence and crimes against journalists in Mexico and other countries in a panel discussion titled “Don’t Kill The Messenger!”. There will also be a key discussion of the political changes in conflictive and polarized countries in which will be discussed such aspects as populism and the deformation of the democratic process. The program, already well advanced, includes seminars and workshops in which the invited participants will be academics and students from Puebla’s university centers. The topics include workshops for small papers; the new information alternatives; transparency and access to information, and an in-depth session on the battle against violence, with testimony from journalists. The Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information will discuss the country-bycountry reports, but we will also continue with roundtable discussions of specific issues that are common to several nations. The meeting winds up on the Monday with a closing lunch at the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), tPuebla’s oldest and largest university. More details of the Midyear Meeting program at http://www.sip-asambleas. org/2/home.php n
Puebla cathedral, the most important building in terms of cultural and archeological value, consecrated by the Roman Catholic Church in 1649.
Informtion of interest > The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Basilica began to be built in 1575 and pre-dates Mexico City’s metropolitan cathedral. > Puebla de Zaragoza is Mexico’s fourth largest city after Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey and has a population of 2.8 million. > The Cholula Pyramid has the largest pyramid base in the world, 4.3 million square feet. It is as tall as the Teotihuacán Pyramid. > The city of Puebla on December 11, 1987 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. > The Puebla Historic Center contains 2,619 monuments on 391 city blocks, distributed over 2.7 square miles, making it one of the cities in the Americas with most monuments. > Puebla is a Mexican industrial center. Among the major industries is the Volkswagen assembly plant. > 34% of Puebla state’s population speaks an indigenous language. > Although the mixture of local sauces that make up the famous dish mole poblano is of Nahualt origin the one that is eaten today has much influence of spices and oils from Spain. n
ROCK: MEXICO IS A COMPLICATED PLACE TO WORK AS A JOURNALIST
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HE SAYS SELF-CENSORSHIP DOMINATES HALF THE COUNTRY The vice chairman of the IAPA Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information and executive editor of the Mexican newspaper El Universal, Roberto Rock, issued a call to combat attacks being made against journalists in his country in remarks during the Journalism Under Threat forum held on November 28 at the Puebla campus of the Tecnológico of Monterrey. Rock said that in Mexico there has been noted a “never before known” level of violence. He declared that there is an atmosphere “poisoned” by the polarization of political forces that is harming the democratic mechanisms of the control of power. At the same time there has been a weakening of people’s access to any indicator of government activity, both internally and externally. He said that UNESCO has reported that the country has
Rock during his remarks in Puebla.
become a complicated place for the practice of journalism, due to the violence against journalists being as an intolerable level. In some Mexican states there has been an explosion of lack of security, as in Verazcruz where the local authority has been overtaken and on occasions its officials are part of the phenomenon. On top of that,
Anti-corruption library The newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo and the University of São Paulo (USP) in early November launched Corrupteca (http:// nupps.usp.br/corrupteca), a digital library that brings together news and academic articles on corruption that is the biggest of its kind, the newspaper reported. In its first phase the library includes close to 100,000 texts on corruption, based on the scientific production of the 63 countries that belong to the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) consortium and all the news reports published in the newspaper on the issue since 1875, the magazine Fapeso reported. Anyone with access to the Internet can use this Web site. In an interview with the publication the director the USP Public Policies Research Center (Nupps in its Portuguese-language acronym), José Álvaro Moisés, said that Corrupteca is “an analytic tool capable of providing students and researchers of the topic with empirical material.” n
there is present self-censorship which dominates half the country, where criminal gangs act and the silence of the media in the face of this problem is weakening democracy. In winding up he said what is urgent is greater depth, a debate to seek communication alternatives and improve ethical and professional standards. n
Castañeda scholarships on offer The Carlos M. Castañeda Scholarships program for journalism master’s degree courses has opened its application entry period. The number of scholarships a year and the amount of each grant will be determined by the amount of funds available. The initial amount of the grant will be $7,000 for one academic year. The funds will be given to the student at the beginning of each semester. If it is proven that his or her academic performance is acceptable (3.0 or higher), according to U.S. standards, and that he or she has complied with the other established requirements the other part of the funds will be delivered for the second semester. The deadline to apply for the academic year 2013-2014 is April 15, 2013. See http: www.fecmc.org/id13.htmal. n
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IMAGES OF SÃO PAULO
Above, outgoing president Milton Coleman. To the right, the news IAPA president, Jaime Mantilla, Hoy, Quito, Ecuador, during his acceptance speech on the last day of the Assembly. Mantilla was unable to travel to São Paulo but was present through a Skype connection.
Above, at left, Mexican author Carlos Castañeda during his speech in São Paulo. Below, former Peruvian president Alan García and to his right, for Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso during a panel discussion that had a large attendance.
Those attending one of the 68th General Assembly sessions.
Call to free Cuban journalist fasting in prison The IAPA on December 7 repeated its demand for the immediate release of Cuban journalist Calixto Martínez Arias, in prison since September and on hunger strike for nearly a month in protest at the deplorable conditions that he is suffering. Martínez Arias, correspondent of the Hablemos Calixto Martínez Arias Press Independent Information Center, was arrested on September 16 after revealing the loss of a consignment of medicines and medical equipment donated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that had become damaged due to negligence and deficient warehouse conditions and for reporting on a cholera epidemic and numerous cases of dengue recorded this year in Cuba. In a video (http://www.youtube. com/watch?feature=player_ embedded&v=h0Nj4aZroc) disseminated on December 4 by Hablemos Press his colleagues read a press release in which they confirmed that Martínez Arias was continuing on hunger strike in Havana’s Combinado del Este prison. According to this group he was understood to have told his sister on November 30 that he would continue with his protest, begun on November 10. The chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, declared, “Despite the fact that the Cuban government has a tendency to ignore local and international complaints about its deplorable practices regarding human rights, we cannot remain silent in the face of the constant abuses of the most elemental democratic principles.” Paolillo demanded “the immediate release from prison” of Martínez Arias and made the authorities responsible for his state of health.n
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Argentine papers for a free press The Associaiton of Argentine Journalistic Entities (ADEPA) developed over the last few months an intensive campaign in defense of a free press. The task of dissemination of clarification coincided with the moment at which that country’s government and those supporting those in power were intensifying their attacks on the media and journalists exercising their right to criticize. The graphic, radio, television and social network advertisements do not call f or direct confrontation but turn into positive messages each of the slogans used to discredit the press. Thus, for example, one of the ad pieces declares that “the press is the one responsible” … “for generating thousands of sources of work, of informing people, towns, cities and regions, of expressing the economic, social and cultural potential and the feeling of their people.” Another says that the press “concentrates power, “ – “yours, that of your neighbor, that of the businessman and that of the worker, that of the student and that of the farmer.” The five ads can be seen on the YouTube channel Adepargentina (http://bit.ly/TQp6ei). For more information, firstname.lastname@example.org. n
PI and Goss Intl. technical webinar The IAPA Press Institute is organizing a first technical seminar on the operation and solutions for Goss Community printing presses at newspapers in Latin America. The program will have the participation of operators and production managers of newspapers with this kind of print system which in its 50 years of distribution is the most used by the printed press in the region. The session, to be held in January, will mark the start of Press Institute webinars through its new digital center based on an Adobe Connect platform for online conferences and training sessions. n
MISSION TO ARGENTINA (from Page1) The delegation was also made up of Elizabeth Ballantine (IAPA 1st vice president), The Durango Herald, Colorado; Fernán Molinos (vice chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information), La Prensa, Panama); Miguel Henrique Otero (chairman of the Finance Committee), El Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela); Alejandro Miró Quesada (former IAPA president), Cosas, Lima, Peru; Marco Zileri (regional vice chairman for Peru of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information), Caretas, Lima, Peru; Ed McCullough (member of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Infomration), The Associated Press; Alexandre Jobim (chair of the Legal Committee of the Associação Nacional de Jornais de Brazil), Grupo RBS, Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Julio E. Muñoz (IAPA executive director). The mission noted that in Argentina criticism is not a criminal offense but the government socially discredits it from its position of power, through constant harassment of critical media and journalists, some of which are explicitly mentioned by Argentina’s president in radio an television hookups. See the full preliminary report at http://www.sipiapa.org/v4/ comunicados_de_prensa.php?seccion=d etalles&id=4799&idioma=us n
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