On April 27, the Inter-American Dialogue convened a roundtable discussion to discuss risks to journalists in Central America featuring three of the region's most prominent journalists who report on security and political issues: Carlos Dada, founder and editor of El Salvador's El Faro; Julie López, senior reporter for Guatemala's Plaza Pública; and Carlos Fernando Chamorro, founder and editor of Nicaragua's Confidencial (pictured above left to right). The panelists discussed how spreading organized crime and gang violence have fostered a climate of fear for the region's journalists, and how restrictive media laws and patterns in media ownership have also been used to attack Central America's free press.
See a full event summary and video here.
Michael Shifter, President
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Since 2000, the Inter-American Dialogue has maintained a sustained focus on press freedom issues. Our conferences and publications on access to information have supported efforts to formulate, enact and implement relevant legislation throughout the Americas.
In January 2008, the Dialogue convened a politically and nationally diverse group of leading practitioners, decision makers, and thinkers on freedom of the press from throughout the Americas for an intensive, full-day workshop that focused on: 1) laws and regulations regarding the media, with an emphasis on an effective and independent judiciary; 2) concentration of media ownership and government advertising; and 3) the nexus of media responsibility and the quality of democracy.
The Dialogue is also focusing important attention on violence against journalists and impunity. In 2008, the Dialogue brought members of the press in Colombia and Mexico together with judges, prosecutors, legislators, and executive branch officials for a series of exchanges to raise awareness about impunity and its high cost to the rule of law and to a free and democratic society. We aimed to develop a greater sense of urgency about crimes against journalists; strengthen communication between the media and government officials charged with defending journalists; and identify a set of recommendations regarding the investigation and prosecution of these crimes—with the ultimate goal of reducing violence against journalists and impunity.