Monday, June 25th, 2012

* Please note Press Conference registration procedure at the end of this message.

Four global rapporteurs on freedom of media, opinion and expression to launch their 2012 Joint
Declaration at the IPI World Congress

VIENNA, 16 June 2012 – Four freedom of expression rapporteurs whose mandates cover the
entire world will meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on 25 June to launch their annual
2012 Joint Declaration on “Crimes against Freedom of Expression”.

Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Dunja
Mijatovic, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of Expression, Catalina Botero, the
Organization of American States Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and Faith Pansy
Tlakula, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Special Rapporteur on

Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, will take part in the launc
with the International Press Institute’s 61st World Congress in Port of Spain,

The panel of speakers will also host Toby Mendel, Executive Director of the
Democracy, and Barbora Bukovska, Senior Director for Law and Policy at A
organizations facilitated the preparation of the Joint Declaration.

The 14th Joint Declaration will outline major threats around the world, to jou
often targeted for their critical coverage of politics, the economy, and social
and for investigating crime and corruption. The document will focus on univ
will encourage all governments and other stakeholders to help counter the ki
as well as the threats and physical attacks they systematically face.

Joint Declarations of international freedom of expression by the special rapp
adopted annually since 1999, covering current universal challenges to media
freedom of expression.

The previous declarations are accessible at


Journalists are invited to attend the 2012 Joint Declaration launch press conference, set to start at
9:00 on 25 June 2012 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel Trinidad, in Port of Spain, Trinidad and

Please note:

Both media representatives and congress participants who wish to attend should register with

Bruce Blake, IPI Manager of Communications and Philanthropic Enterprise, at the IPI
Registration desk, Hyatt Regency, by 18:00 on Sunday, 24 June.

Bruce Blake
Manager of Communications and Philanthropic Enterprise
M: + 43 676 956 91 70


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