ACM/IFEX-ALC Concerned About Office Of OAS Special Rapporteur
Port of Spain, 12 Jan. 2012
Open Letter to OAS Permanent Council Members:
Esteemed member of the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council: We, the undersigned members of the IFEX-ALC – an alliance of 16 organisations, members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), based in Latin America and the Caribbean1 – take this opportunity to bring to your attention the significant achievements of the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States (OAS):
The Rapporteur actively promoted the decriminalisation of the crimes of slander and insult throughout the region, in particular “desacato” laws that protect public officials by criminalising expressions that offend them.
Working together with civil society, the Rapporteur assumed a leadership role in the movement for greater transparency, which has had a number of successes.
The Rapporteur shed light on the risks journalists face, particularly when reporting on organised crime, and has vigorously argued for the implementation of special protection measures for these media professionals.
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