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OAS RELEASES DAMNING REPORT ON FREE EXPRESSION IN THE AMERICAS

In a climate of state intolerance and rampant corruption, the annual report of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States (OAS) reveals the free expression situation to be of "considerable concern" in the Americas.

Nineteen journalists were murdered in 2006 and dozens more intimidated and physically harassed, the report says, and have become even more serious because the perpetrators go unpunished. With the continuous use of criminal trials for contempt and defamation, subtle methods to coerce the press, and the lack of appropriate laws around ownership and broadcasting, the state has shown it will not tolerate criticism.

To read the Office's full findings and its recommendations, see: http://www.cidh.org/relatoria/showarticle.asp?artID=692&lID=1

(10 April 2007)

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