From Mexico to Argentina to Trinidad and Tobago, the 23-member IFEX-ALC is composed of a diversity of organizations from throughout the entire region with the common purpose of defending and promoting freedom of expression. The alliance has been supporting members' individual and collective efforts in the Latin America/Caribbean region for several years, leading to an impressive track record of mobilizing political will and getting results on key freedom of expression issues in the region. Some highlights of the alliance's efforts include:
2016: Guatemalan Government Commits to Key Reforms to Unit for Crimes Against Journalists
Following ongoing lobbying by IFEX-ALC in collaboration with Guatemalan member CERIGUA which included a widely disseminated letter expressing deep concern with the six journalists killed in the first six months of President Jimmy Morales' mandate, the Guatemalan government committed to restructuring and strengthening the Attorney General Office's Unit for Crimes Against Journalists.
2015: Paraguay Hears IFEX-ALC
After nearly a year of campaigning on the issues of impunity and journalist safety in Paraguay, the IFEX-ALC alliance saw its recommendation for the creation of “a special commission in the Public Prosecutor's Office to bring those responsible [for attacks against journalists and human rights defenders] to justice” accepted by Paraguay during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in January 2016. IFEX-ALC is optimistic that there appears to be the political will in Paraguay to improve the increasingly difficult reality for journalists working in the country.
2014: OAS Hears IFEX-ALC
In March 2014, the Organisation of American States granted IFEX-ALC an exclusive hearing on the topic of impunity. This was the network's first formal intervention on impunity at the Inter American System on Human Rights and included the presentation of IFEX-ALC's first regional analysis of impunity and the right of freedom of expression, as well as recommendations that were welcomed and commended by the commissioners. Later in the year, IFEX-ALC also secured a unique meeting, between 15 civil society organizations and the newly appointed special rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, to discuss freedom of expression in the region.
2013: IFEX-ALC Influences Rapporteur Decision
Through intensive on-site lobbying at the Extraordinary General Assembly meeting of the OAS in Washington in March, particularly with Caribbean delegates, IFEX-ALC contributed to a positive outcome in defeating a proposal by Ecuador to reduce the powers of the office of the OAS Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.
These yearly highlights, and many more similar achievements, show the power of a region-based approach to defending freedom of expression.
Articulo 19 (Mexico and Central America)
Artigo 19 (Brazil)
National Press Association (ANP) BOLIVIA
Association for Civil Rights (ADC) ARGENTINA
Brazilian Association for Investigative Journalism (Abraji) BRASIL
Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM)
Centro de Archivos y Acceso a la Información Pública (CAinfo) URUGUAY
Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social (CENCOS) MÉXICO
Comité por la Libre Expresión - C-Libre HONDURAS
Derechos Digitales CHILE
Espacio Público VENEZUELA
Foro de Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA) ARGENTINA
Foundation for Press Freedom - FLIP COLOMBIA
Fundación Karisma COLOMBIA
Fundamedios - Andean Foundation for Media Observation and Study ECUADOR
Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión (IPLEX) COSTA RICA
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) PERÚ
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela (IPYS-Venezuela) VENEZUELA
Observatorio Latinoamericano para la Libertad de Expresión - OLA PERÚ
Trinidad & Tobago Publishers & Broadcasters Association
Sindicato de Periodistas del Paraguay (SPP) PARAGUAY
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters - AMARC