10:00 am, Wednesday, Oct 3rd
Congressional Meeting Room South
Capitol Visitors Center
Freedom of the press in Latin America has eroded significantly in the last decade. Reports indicate that the Americas is the only region in the world to experience a decline in press freedom in recent years.  A spike in violence at the hands of criminal groups and fractious government-media relations in some countries has created a fragile, precarious landscape for media outlets and journalists alike. The Committee to Protect Journalists ranks Mexico as the 4th deadliest country in the world for journalists in 2011, up from 17th in 2001. Similarly, Brazil came in at 5th in 2011, while it did not make the top 20 in 2001. Clearly, this downward pattern has significant implications for democracy, human rights, and rule of law in the hemisphere. 
Please join Congressman Sam Farr at 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 3rd to discuss these concerning trends and the future of press freedom in Latin America.
Commissioner Dinah Shelton
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Joel Simon
Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Delphine Halgand
Washington DC Director, Reporters Without Borders
Clare Ribando Seelke
Specialist in Latin American Affairs
Congressional Research Service
Freedom of the Press in Latin America is part of an on-going monthly briefing series hosted by Congressman Farr called Latin America on the Rise, which brings in a diversity of speakers to address emerging and emergent issues in the Western Hemisphere. If you have any questions, please contact Caitie Whelan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).