IIHR celebrates World Press Freedom Day

Fecha: (4/30/2021 3:19:45 PM)

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San José, Costa Rica; Montevideo, Uruguay. As every year, this May 3 marks World Press Freedom Day, which has its origin in a UNESCO conference held in Windhoek in 1991. At the end of that event the Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralist Press was approved. This is not another year, since the 30 years of the Declaration are commemorated, so despite the global context as a consequence of the pandemic, it is a good time to remember the importance of the historical connection established between the freedom to search, disseminate and receive information and the public good remains as relevant as at the time of its signing.

"From the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, we want to be present at this celebration, highlighting our work related to freedom of expression and that is undoubtedly related to what we commemorate today," said José Thompson J., IIHR Executive Director.

Here you will find a few words by Eduardo Bertoni, former Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and currently Alternate Representative and Coordinator of the IIHR's Regional Office for South America, where he refers to the challenges facing the press in the countries of the Americas.