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Press Advisory


  June 24, 2005

Alejandro Miró Quesada, President of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), will headline the 6th conference in the monthly Lecture Series of the Americas, on June 28. The topic is “Journalism and Good Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean.” It will be webcast live from the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Washington, D.C.

A Peruvian journalist and lawyer, Miró Quesada is also Director of Peru’s El Comercio newspaper and a member of the Executive Committee as well as Honor Council of the Board of Directors of the Peruvian Press Council, an umbrella organization for Peru’s main print media. He holds degrees in law and political sciences from universities in Peru.

Following the conference, Miró Quesada will take questions from the media and the general audience, immediately after which the conference topic will be the focus of a roundtable discussion by Peter Eisner, deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post; Hugo Guerra, journalist and lawyer, San Martin de Porres University of Peru; and Paulo Sotero, Washington correspondent for O Estado de S. Paulo and commentator for BBC radio; with Eduardo Bertoni, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights at the OAS, as moderator.

The Lecture Series of the Americas was created by the OAS Permanent Council, on a Peruvian government initiative, to promote democratic principles and values in the countries of the hemisphere. The monthly conferences feature internationally known speakers who address key issues of the hemispheric agenda, such as the strengthening of democracy, human rights, social development, hemispheric security and the fight against poverty. The 12 conferences scheduled for 2005 are being held thanks to a financial contribution from Peru’s San Martín de Porres University and support from the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Former US President Jimmy Carter, Inter-American Development Bank President Enrique Iglesias, International Criminal Court President Phillipe Kirsch, Nobel Laureate for Literature Derek Walcott of Saint Lucia and Former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury John B. Taylor have been keynote speakers for the previous lectures, respectively.

WHAT: President of the Inter-American Press Association headlines Lecture Series of the Americas

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2005, 3 p.m. (Washington, D.C. Time)

WHERE: Hall of the Americas
OAS Main Building
17th St. & Constitution Ave., NW,
Washington, DC

There will be a photo opportunity before the program starts.
The conference will be carried live over Internet, radio and television. Please consult the Technical Information Bulletin below for satellite transmission details, or check the OAS website ( or contact Mario Martínez y Palacios (Tel. 202.458.3984, or Gabriel Gross (Tel. (202) 458-3752,
PHOTO EDITORS: High-resolution photos of this event will be available, free of cost, for distribution and publication, from the Photo Gallery on the OAS website.

To down-link the signal from satellite:
319.5 Degrees East
DL Freq: 4123.25 Mhz
L Band DL Freq: 1026.75 MHz
FEC: 3/4
Symbol Rate: 8.90 MS/sNetwork ID: 2
Virtual Channel 322
* Satellite feed provided by Voice of America Television
To down-link the signal from satellite:
40.5 deg W, 319.5 deg E. LA NET, WHA Region
Band: C/Downlink Freq. Network ID: 2
FEC Rate: ¾ Video Standard:
525, NTSC
Symbol Rate: 8.90 ms/S C Band L.O. 5150 mHZ
Polarity H, Receive polarity is RHC.

The OAS website will carry a live webcast of the Lecture Series of the Americas at (click on Live Transmission).
The webcast will be carried in the four official OAS languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish).
VIDEOS (on demand) will also be available through:

At a later date, the lecture will be re-broadcast through a number of cable and satellite networks, among them Hispanic International Television Network (HITN-TV) and EDUSAT.
For further information please contact:
Mario Martinez y Palacios, Tel. (202) 458-3984
Gabriel Gross, Tel. (202) 458-3752

Reference: AVI-075/05