Thursday, March 7, 2019, 8:30AM-1:00PM
Inter-American Dialogue (1155 15th St NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005)

The past year has seen both new and old threats to freedom of the press in the Americas. The rise of politicians that decry and demonize a free press has led to violence against journalists and a climate of fear and self-censorship. Deliberate, malicious disinformation–so-called “fake news”–disseminated over social media and otherwise has influenced national elections, polarizing and radicalizing social and political views and eroding consensus and community ties. More than ever, journalists are being targeted both online and on the ground for exposing crime and corruption and holding leaders accountable.

At this critical time for freedom of expression in the hemisphere, the Inter-American Dialogue is proud to partner with Fundamedios USA, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Reporters Without Borders, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Pan-American Development Foundation, and the Inter-American Press Association to present “Media and Democracy in the Americas II: #NoSoyTuEnemigo.”

The event will open with a reception at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) alongside an exhibition of photography by Paul Rivas, photographer for the Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio. Rivas was kidnapped and killed in March 2018 along with Javier Ortega and Efraín Segarra, two other correspondents, while reporting on the violence caused by illegal armed groups in Ecuador near the border with Colombia. Reports indicate all three were murdered by a FARC dissident group.

Follow this event on Twitter at #MediosyDemocracia2@The_Dialogue@RSF_inter, and @fundamediosUSA

March 6, 2019

6:00 – 8:00 pm  — Opening Reception at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Location: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, 1889 F St NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC 20006

March 7, 2019

Conference at the Inter-American Dialogue

8:30 – 9:00 am  Opening Remarks



  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States (@Almagro_OEA2015)

9:00 – 10:15 am  Panel 1: #NoSoyTuEnemigo: The Impact of Anti-Media Rhetoric 



  • Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Director, Confidencial newspaper (@cefeche)
  • Maibort Petit, freelance Venezuelan journalist (@maibortpetit)
  • Maria Elvira Dominguez, Director of El Pais Cali; President of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA)
  • Lori Montenegro, Washington Correspondent, Telemundo

10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee Break 

10:30 – 12:00 pm — Panel 2: «Fake News» and Other Digital Threats to Democracy  


  •  Claudia Uceda, Washington Correspondent, Univison (@ClaudiaUceda)


  • Michael Camilleri, Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@camillerimj)
  • Julia Lima, Coordinator, Protection and Security Program, Artigo 19 (Article 19 Brazil)
  • Roberto Rock, Director, Silla Vacia
  • Desire Yepez, Journalist, Ecuador Chequea (@Desireeyepez)
  • Paul Farhi, Journalist, Washington Post (@farhip)

12:00 – 1:00 pm  Panel 3: The Status and Future of Protection Mechanisms for Journalists 


  • Natalie Southwick, Central and South American Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists (@nsouthwick)


  • Edison Lanza, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission for Human Rights (@EdisonLanza)
  • Pablo Elias Gonzalez Mongui, Director, National Unit of Protection, Colombian government
  • Pedro Vaca, Executive Director, Colombian Foundation for the Free Press (FLIP) (@PVacaV)
  • Sebastian Salamanca, Defense and Protection Official, Article 19

Register here

Please note that Panels 1 and 3 will be held in Spanish without interpretation, with interpretation provided only for Panel 2. 

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