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Journalists and judges will meet in Ecuador and Colombia this week to discuss press freedom and the law as part of the Inter American Press Association's (IAPA) continent-wide programme to encourage dialogue between media and the courts.

In Quito, Ecuador, IAPA and the Ecuadorian Association of Newspaper Editors will co-host a conference on 5 August 2004 involving newspaper publishers, journalists, academics and judges from the Supreme Court, the National Judiciary Council and district courts. Panels will discuss issues including access to trials and judicial information. IAPA will also meet with Ecuador's president, Lucío Gutiérrez to discuss free-expression issues in the country.

On 6 August, IAPA and the Colombian Newspaper Association (ANDIARIOS) will bring together judges and journalists for a similar conference in Bogotá, Colombia. Chief justices from the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court are expected to attend, as well as members of the National Judiciary Council and district court judges.

For more information, contact: [email protected] In Ecuador, contact: [email protected] In Colombia, contact: [email protected]

More details on IAPA's programme on judges and journalists can be found here:

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