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Secretary General Insulza Reaffirms Commitment of the OAS to Freedom of Expression on World Press Freedom Day

  May 3, 2013

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today welcomed World Press Freedom Day and reiterated his commitment and that of the hemispheric institution to the right to freedom of expression and information.

Insulza said that "there can be no true democracy without freedom of expression," and insisted that "the defense and promotion of democracy is one of the pillars of the OAS and a fundamental right for the development of our societies."

The OAS leader highlighted that "in the region, and perhaps all over the world, there are still challenges to overcome regarding freedom of expression: the violence perpetrated against journalists, government obstacles to freedom of expression and excessive concentration of media ownership."

"At its core,” said the OAS Secretary General, “press freedom is respect for the right to disagree, for pluralism which should exist in our societies made up of people of different political, philosophical or religious beliefs; and for the differences that exist in a healthy democracy." On this line of thought, he added that "our efforts should aim to build societies that enjoy these rights without fear of retaliation."

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Reference: E-175/13