ONLINE EVENT: Media and Democracy in the Americas V – Surviving Journalism in Latin America

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The survival of journalists in Latin America has been threatened by government espionage, arbitrary arrests and detention, physical danger, disinformation and decreasing wages. 2022 begins as one of the most violent years against the press in Latin America and the Caribbean. Twelve journalists have been killed, seven of them in Mexico and three in Haiti. Throughout the region, hundreds of journalists are facing trial because of their work to hold governments’ accountable, and in El Salvador, there have been growing reports of espionage against journalists. Additionally, in the midst of growing freelance work, the demands of multimedia production, precarious minimum wages, and a critical reduction in advertising revenue, the press faces an uphill battle to conduct their work. 

How can journalists survive under government pressure and how can organizations that defend freedom of expression protect journalists from physical harm? How should the international community raise the voice of journalists who have been exiled or villainized by governments? How can we work to improve the economic and labor issues facing journalists? 

The Inter-American Dialogue, Fundamedios, Voces del Sur, and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami are pleased to present the fifth annual Media and Democracy Conference.

Follow the event at @The_Dialogue, @FUNDAMEDIOS, and @mia_umiami.

We invite participants to email questions to meetings@thedialogue.org.  

This event will be held in Spanish.

Agenda

Day 1: Wednesday, March 30 

3:00 – 3:15 PM 

 

Opening Remarks 

 

 

 

Michael ShifterPresident, Inter-American Dialogue, (@MichaelShifter)

 

 

César Ricuarte, CEO, Fundamedios, (@CesarRicuarte3

 

 

 

Felicia KnaulDirector of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami (@FeliciaKnaul)

 

3:15 – 4:30 PM 

 

Panel 1: Surviving Violence and Surveillance 

    Panelists           

Silvia Ruiz, Investigator at Article 19, Mexico, (@SilviaOnEarth

 

     

Amanda Ponce, Director at C-Libre, Honduras 

 

     

Anabella Rivera, Director of Demos, Guatemala 

 

     

Cris Zahar, Executive Secretary at Abraji, Brazil, (@CrisZahar

 

    Moderator       

César Ricuarte, CEO, Fundamedios, (@CesarRicuarte3

 

4:30 – 4:45 PM 

 

Break

4:45 – 6:00 PM 

 

Panel 2: Surviving and Doing Journalism in Exile 

 

 

 

Panelists

Juan Carlos Ampie, Producer at Confidencial, Nicaragua, (@JuanCarlosAmpie

 

     

Tamoa Calzadilla, Investigative Journalist at Univision, Venezuela, (@TamoaC)  

 

 

   

Daniel Pedreira, Director for Americas at ICLEP, Cuba, (@DPedreira)

 

 

   

Guillermo Medrano, Director, FLED, Nicaragua, (@GuillermoMed13

 

 

    Nela Balbi, Director at IPYS, Venezuela, (@NelaBalbi

 

 

  Moderator     

Dagmar Thiel, USA Office Director, Fundamedios, (@DagmarThiel)

 

Day 2: Thursday, March 31 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM 

 

A Conversation with Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression 

 

    Panelists           

Pedro VacaSpecial Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@PVacaP

 

     

Ignacio J. Álvarez, Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 

 

     

Frank La RueAdvocacy and Human Rights Director, Fundamedios and Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, (@FLarue_libex

 

     

Santiago Canton, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, the Inter-American Dialogue, & Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@SantiagoACanton

 

      Catalina BoteroFormer Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@CBoteroMarino

 

     

Edison LanzaFormer Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@EdisonLanza

 

    Moderator       

Dagmar Thiel, USA Office Director, Fundamedios, (@DagmarThiel)

 

12:00 – 3:00 PM 

 

Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM 

 

Panel 3: Surviving Precariousness 

 

    Panelists 

Adriana Leon, Representative, IPYS, Peru, (@Aleonca

 

     

Jorge Carrasco, Member, ANP, Bolivia 

 

 

   

Cesar FagoagaEditor-in-Chief, Factum Magazine, El Salvador, (@CesarFagoaga

 

 

 

Moderator     

 

Santiago CantonDirector, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue, & Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@SantiagoACanton

4:00 – 4:15 PM

 

Break 

4:15 – 5:15 PM 

 

Panel 4: An Agenda to Strengthen Journalism 

 

 

 

Panelists

Jonathan Bock, Executive Director of FLIP, Colombia, (@Goodluk_Bock

 

     

Fabián WernerCoordinator, Center for Archives and Access to Public Information (CAinfo), (@Fwernerv

 

 

   

Silvio Waisbord, Director, School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, United States, (@SilvioWaisbord

 

 

   

Claudia Cadena, Coordinator, Voces Del Sur 

 

 

   

Claudio Jacquelin, Vicepresident, FOPEA, Argentina, (@Cejota63

 

 

  Moderator     

Sallie Hughes, Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, School of Communication, University of Miami, (@Sallie_MIA)

5:15 – 5:30 PM

 

Closing Remarks 

 

 

Santiago CantonDirector, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue, & Former Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, (@SantiagoACanton

 

 

 

Sallie Hughes, Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, School of Communication, University of Miami, (@Sallie_MIA)

EVENT PARTNERS

This event is hosted in partnership with Fundamedios, Voces del Sur, and the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas at the University of Miami.

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EVENT SPONSORS

This event was made possible by support from the Open Society Foundations, the Pan American Development Foundation, and the University of Miami School of Communication. 

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