The rise of violent attacks on journalists and government harassment of reporters underscores the fragility of press freedoms in Latin America. The resurgence of such threats in Latin America, however, confronts a legal environment that has never been more favorable to the freedom of expression, and judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals can provide a strong defense against those who would seek to silence independent journalists.
“One way to end these abuses is to ensure that justice is implemented,” said Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. “For that, it is vital that international and inter-American legal frameworks are well known and, above all, applied… That is why this guide is such an important tool for professionals in the judicial sector.”
CIMA’s latest publication (available only in Spanish), “International Standards for Freedom of Expression: A Basic Guide for Legal Professionals in Latin America,” provides an indispensable tool for those workers in the judicial sector who confront cases of consequence to freedom of expression. The guide, produced with the support of UNESCO and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and written by Silvia Chocarro, provides a concise, engaging and comprehensive overview of the international frameworks guaranteeing the freedom of expression in the region. With references to legal texts and landmark cases, it is an essential map for legal professionals navigating the complex terrain of Latin America’s public sphere.