By: E&P Staff
In an effort to curb violence against journalists along the U.S./Mexican border, members of the press and government officials will hold a two-day summit in El Paso, Texas Dec. 5-6.
The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) in conjunction with the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) will hold a two-day summit of Mexican and U.S. editors, government officials and front-line journalists from both sides of the border to figure out ways to curb horrible violence that has claimed the lives of 11 journalists this year alone and forced media organizations to alter or stop coverage of the drug war.
IAPA (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, in Spanish), which is a nonprofit organization devoted to defending freedom of expression in the Americas and ASNE, a Virginia-based membership organization for leaders of multimedia news organizations, announced that the meeting will be presented in English and Spanish at the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP).
Alejandro Junco de la Vega, chairman and chief executive officer of Mexico’s Grupo Reforma, will be the keynote speaker. Gustavo Salas Chávez, the special prosecutor for crimes against journalists in Mexico, is expected to attend.
The forum also will include a presentation by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which in September published “Silence or Death in Mexico’s Press.” CPJ says 24 journalists have been killed in the past four years since drug violence started escalating. There also will be a live video conference with Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights, who returned recently from a special mission to Mexico.
Other summit sponsors include UTEP, the Associated Press and the El Paso (Texas) Times.