Inter American Press Association (IAPA)

Association interaméricaine de la presse
Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP)
Sociedade Interamericana de Imprensa

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1942, Mexico City (Mexico), a first 'Pan American Congress of Journalists' having been held 1926, Washington DC (USA). Reorganized at 6th Inter-American Press Conference, 1950, New York NY (USA), when Constitution was adopted.


Protect freedom of the press in the Americas and defend and promote the right of the American peoples to be fully and freely informed through an independent press; foster and protect press freedom by publishing facts of any action or attempt to restrict that freedom in the Western Hemisphere; foster general and specific press interests; promote and maintain the dignity, rights and responsibilities of the profession of journalism; encourage uniform standards of professional and business conduct; promote greater exchange among American peoples in support of basic principles of a free society and individual liberty.

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Maintains: Inter-American Press Association Press Institute, which organizes seminars and produces publications; IAPA Scholarship Fund, set up 1954. Set up: Office of Certified Circulation (OCC), started 1954, which subsequently became autonomous and was then replaced by national and regional organizations which continue helping to increase advertising income and thus financial independence.


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 35 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **



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