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IAPA TO SEND DELEGATIONS TO ARGENTINA, BRAZIL

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will be sending delegations to Argentina and Brazil in the coming weeks to discuss press freedom concerns with government authorities, including access to information and the regulation of journalists.

Members of Argentina's Senate have sought IAPA's opinion on a proposed access to information law that is being considered. If passed, the law would give citizens the right to request and obtain information held by government officials, ministries and public corporations.

IAPA also plans to investigate the case of "Río Negro," a newspaper in Neuquén province that is being sued by a provincial minister. The newspaper published allegations that fraud was committed during the minister's tenure as former president of a local bank.

In Brazil, IAPA will raise concerns over a proposed bill that seeks to regulate journalistic practices and professional ethics. The bill proposes the creation of federal and regional councils made up of journalists who would have the power to discipline journalists. Under the bill, every journalist must register with the regional council where he or she resides.

Visit these links for more information on:

- Argentina's Draft Access to Information Law: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/61269/
- Brazil's Proposed Journalism Councils: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/61008/
- IAPA: http://www.sipiapa.org

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