jueves, 23 de julio de 2009
Violence related to corruption and drug trafficking is eroding press freedom in Mexico, where intimidation and out-right murders are driving journalists out of the profession. Since 2007, more than 25 media professionals have been killed or disappeared in Mexico.

To combat this situation, Knight International Fellow Benjamín Fernández, has helped the publisher of Síntesis newspapers Armando Prida, launch the Foundation for Freedom of Expression in Mexico. This new civic organization helps journalists effectively use Mexico's access-to-information law, master their legal rights and find ways to get legal protection in a society where the media are harassed with impunity.

Please join us for a talk with Fernández and Prida, moderated by ICFJ's Latin American expert Luis Botello. Admission is limited to 35 participants.

When: Tuesday, July 28, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Where: The National Press Club
McClendon Room, 14th Floor
529 14th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005

Luis Botello, ICFJ Senior Program Director for Digital Media. Botello is a former Panamanian journalist and was previously ICFJ's Director of Latin American Programs.

Armando Prida, president of the Foundation for Freedom of Expression in Mexico. Prida is the publisher of the Síntesis newspapers in Puebla, Hidalgo and Tlaxcala.
Benjamín Fernández, Knight International Journalism Fellow on assignment in Mexico. Fernández, a Paraguayan lawyer and journalist, helped launch the foundation in November 2008 and is developing programs that advance access to public information in Mexico.

To RSVP, call 202.349.7628 or email Lindsay Newport at Remember space is limited.

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