- Date Awarded
- Grant Period
- 10/01/07 to 10/31/12
- Focus Area
- Journalism & Media Innovation
- Miami, FL
To broaden the Impunity project to judges and lawmakers, making the unpunished killing of Latin American journalists "everybody's problem"
The Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, also known as the Inter American Press Association Press Institute, has defended freedom of the press in the Americas for more than half a century. In the 1990s, the association convinced leaders throughout the hemisphere to sign the Declaration of Chapultepec in support of free expression. At the time journalists were killed in Latin America and South America with an impunity rate of 100 percent, meaning that every murdered escaped without arrest, prosecution, conviction or imprisonment. IAPA began to develop an Impunity campaign, a successful combination of rapid response teams that investigate murders, coverage of the crimes and letter to local authorities, a hemisphere-wide advertising campaign and visits to heads of state. After a year of study, IAPA has determined that the next best phase for this campaign would be to expand its campaign for arrests to be made in the murders of journalists by making impunity “everybody’s problem.” The project would be expanded by organizing forums and meetings with judges and lawmakers in countries where there is the greatest likelihood that policy and legal changes need to occur. In addition, IAPA will directly train 1,000 journalists in safety practices, conduct investigations and widely distribute educational materials on that topic in all media. It is expected that fewer journalists should die in situations that might have been avoided. The campaign will be conducted in cooperation with Knight-funded groups that work in Latin America, including the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin.