World Press Groups Gather In Brazil p.39

By: Robert U. Brown A WORLD MEETING of Newspaper Organizations in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Feb 47, turned into a historic meeting of officers from 11 national and international p;ress groups who exchange views and established relationships in furthernance of global press freedoms.
The meeting was organized by the World Association of Newspapers (FIEJ), whose president, Jayme Zirotsky, chairman of Grupo RBS, owner of four newspapers and a TV station in the Porto Alegre, area, presided at a joint session where representatives of the groups outlined their goals and membership in Latin America.
The Newspaper Association of America, in the form of president and CEO John Sturm and chairman John Curley of Gannett Vo., represented 1,500 members and described NAA's activities. NAA's board of directors was present following a meeting in Miami and a tour of Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, where members interviwed political leaders, including President Saul Menem.
Paulo Cabral, president of the Brazilian newspaper association known as ANJ, welcomed the group on behalf of his 107 members.
Louis Gabriel Cano, president of the Inter American Press Association
told of its fight for press freedom in Latin America and appealed for more support from U.S. and Canadian newspapers in its efforts to solve and prevent murders of journalists. He described the Declaration of Chapultec, IAPA's hemispheric statment of principles of human right and press freedoms, and said it has been signed by most Latin American presidents.
Gunther Bottcher, managing director of IFRA, the European newspaper association, outlined its work in improving color printing and electronic publishing for 1,223 members in 56 countries.
Carolyn Pugh Foust, president of INMA, reported that its 1,000 newspaper marketing members have nevertheless supported world press freedom activities.
The International Press Institute was represented its director, Johann Fritz, who reported on the work of members in 90 countries fighting for press freedom.
Hisao Komatsubara, chairman of the International Press Telecommunications Communications, discussed efforts to establish new transmission standards.
Jim Ottaway Jr., chairman of the World Press Freedom Committee, representing 40 journalistic groups, described its campaign against, ""insult"" laws that exist in many countries and its anticipated fight against renewed proposals for a New World Information Order.
The International Association of Broadcasters was represented by Luis Tarsitano.
Last on the list was Per Mortenson, chairman of the London-based International Federation of the Periodical Press, who represented national associations in 33 countries.
President Fernando Henrique of Brazil closed the meeting with an address in which he reiterated his dedication to a free press, without which no true democracy can exist.


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