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International press organisations review state of free speech and press freedom

(IAPA/IFEX) - Miami, December 12, 2011 - The Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations which met here last Friday warned of a progressive loss of fundamental rights in Ecuador, stressed the importance of the Inter-American system for the protection of human rights in the promotion and defense of such rights in the Americas, and urged governments to pursue reforms of public policies to effectively combat physical violence unleashed against journalists and a lack of punishment for such actions.

During its half-yearly meeting held on December 9 at the headquarters of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) the Coordinating Committee unanimously adopted four resolutions dealing with issues concerning Ecuador, the killing of journalists and related impunity, and another in support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Office of Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression that have been the subject of attacks and discrediting by some governments in the region. It also ratified a resolution on Hungary in which restrictive aspects of media laws in that country were questioned.

Representatives of the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB), World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers/IFRA (WAN/IFRA), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), World Press Freedom Committee (WPFC), International Federation of the Periodical Press (FIPP), International Press Institute (IPI) and the IAPA identified the main problems affecting freedom of expression and of the press in the world and came up with joint recommendations to confront them.

Click here for the full text of the resolutions on Ecuador, the Inter-American System and Impunity
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