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IAPA director Ricardo Trotti wins Fight for Freedom of Expression Award

Ricardo Trotti (left), director of IAPA, with Enrique Santos Calderón, from El Tiempo
Ricardo Trotti (left), director of IAPA, with Enrique Santos Calderón, from El Tiempo

via IAPA

Inter American Press Association (IAPA) press freedom director and journalist Ricardo Trotti has been awarded the Fight for Freedom of Expression Award, which was jointly given by nine press freedom organisations. The award ceremony coincided with IAPA's annual general assembly from 14 to 18 October, which brought together approximately 500 journalists and press freedom advocates in Lima, Peru.

The award recognises those who struggle for the independent press in the Americas and is supported by national press associations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

"For many years, [Trotti] is the one who has fought most to maintain the fresh air essential for an independent press," says Daniel Dessain, editor of "La Gaceta" and chairman of the Argentine Newspaper Association (ADEPA), one of the awarding groups.

Trotti has worked at IAPA since 1993 and has focused especially on pushing for press legislation to uphold the right to free expression in the Americas.

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