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Storify: More resources, legal mechanisms needed to protect journalists, says OAS' freedom of expression rapporteur

On Monday, May 21, during the first panel of the first day of the 10th annual Austin Forum on Journalism in the Americas, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression of the Organization of American States, Catalina Botero, discussed "Strategy to Improve Safety and Protection Mechanisms to Combat Impunity." Moderated by Jaime Abello, executive director for the Iberoamerican New Journalism Foundation (FNPI in Spanish), the panel was part of the largest ever Austin Forum, held May 20-22 in Austin, Texas.

This year's Austin Forum, is themed "Safety and Protection for Journalists, Bloggers, and Citizen Journalists," and is organized by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the Latin America and Media programs of the Open Society Foundations.

Botero has been the target of a campaign to discredit her, led by Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa. Correa, along with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, have proposed limitations to the special rapporteur's office that would weaken free expression and freedom of the press in the region.

See the Storify below, created by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, for a snapshot of the various tweets posted during Botero's presentation on Monday, May 21.


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