The IAPA regretted the participation of the regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the CELAC summit
The Organization pointed out that these are the three countries in which there is the greatest repression of freedom of the press and expression in the region
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The IAPA regretted the participation of the regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela in the CELAC summit. REUTERS/Stringer
The Inter-American Press Association (SIP) regretted this Monday the presence of the dictator of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and the Foreign Ministers of Nicaragua and Venezuela at the Summit of Latin American and Caribbean States(CELAC), “the three most repressive governments of freedom of the press and expression and of journalism in the Americas,” the entity based in Miami, Florida (USA) said in a statement.
The VII CELAC summit will open this Tuesday in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, and the three countries were invited by the government of Alberto Fernández, who is also president pro tempore of this regional intergovernmental mechanism.
“If the invitation obeys the objective of promoting dialogue and political agreement on the continent, this required a prior commitment from each member of the regional forum to put an end to repression and the systematic violation of human rights,” says the IAPA statement.
Chapultepec”, a barometer that measures the state of freedom of the press and expression in the Americas.
Nicolás Maduro confirmed that he will not travel to Argentina to participate in the CELAC summit. (EFE/Carlos Ramírez)
“We are talking about the three governments that most repress freedom of the press and expression and journalism in the Americas,” said IAPA President Michael Greenspon.
“We regret that these leaders who violate human rights and disbelieve in democracy have been invited by an organization that, among its objectives, includes the promotion of a respectful dialogue capable of building consensus on issues of common interest,” he stated.
Greenspon, global director of Printing Licensing and Innovation at The New York Times Company, considered that CELAC standards should be reviewed from the perspective of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which binds all countries of the continent to respect freedom of the press and expression.
“Without this commitment, no government can be considered democratic,” he stressed.
The president of the IAPA, Michael Greenspon. (EFE/Borja Sánchez-Trillo)
The president of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, indicated that the democratic rulers of the region should demand that Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela “put a stop to the repression against journalists, social leaders and political dissidents”.
“Democracy is based on respect for pluralism, citizen control over those who govern, the periodicity of mandates, the balance of powers, free access to public information and respect for essential human rights, among which freedom of expression is a central piece”, said Jornet.
Jornet, journalistic director of La Voz del Interior, Argentina, reiterated the demand that the three governments “release dozens of prisoners of conscience who were sentenced in trials without the right to defense”.
He also called for an end to the persecution “against those who dare to criticize public policies in those countries”.
The president of Brazil is already in Buenos Aires to participate in the summit. (REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian)
In the conclusions of the 78th General Assembly of the IAPA, held last October in Madrid, the IAPA denounced that “the case of Nicaragua, under the regime of Daniel Ortega, continues to be the most alarming.”
It was denounced that six convicted journalists have been deprived of their liberty for more than a year and more than 150 have gone into exile in the last four years, while the Nicaraguan government continues to close media outlets< /b>, among them several radio stations of the Catholic Church, to which is added the cut of the signal of CNN in Spanish.
On Cuba, The IAPA General Assembly highlighted that the island's regime is another critical protagonist of exiles and detentions that seriously harm freedom of expression; while in Venezuela, it was denounced, the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro closed 41 radio stations and intensified its offensive against free access to information by blocking websites of national and international media.
(With information from AFP)