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Join Columbia University for May 2-3 Discussion on Latin American Press Freedoms and Standards

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April 18, 2013

Americas Society/Council of the Americas is pleased to collaborate with Columbia University for a roundtable conference organized by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. The conference will be held from May 2 to 3 and will explore press freedom, press standards, and democracy in Latin America, featuring 40 to 50 experts on Latin America and free press law, along with leading journalists from around the region.

See the agenda below for more details, and click here for more information.
You must RSVP to attend; follow this link to register:

Thursday, May 2

6 pm: Reception. The World Room (3rd Floor, Columbia Journalism School, 116th and Broadway, New York City)

7:30 pm: Opening Dinner: Freedom of the Press as a Global Principle

  • Master of Ceremonies: Edward Schumacher-Matos (NPR, Columbia Journalism School)

  • Welcome: Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia Journalism School

  • Keynote Speech: Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University

Friday, May 3

9 am: The New Legal Challenge: Laws, Suits & Regulations

  • Moderator: Ashley Messenger (NPR)


  • Roberto Saba (University of Palermo Law School, Argentina)

  • Alejandro Madrazo (National Autonomous University of Mexico; Georgetown Law School)

  • Ricardo Trotti (Harvard University; Inter-American Press Association)

11 am: Argentina: A Case Study of Political and Regulatory Confrontation

  • Moderator: John Dinges (Columbia Journalism School)


  • Gustavo Lopez (Office of the President)

  • Ricardo Kirschbaum (Clarín)

  • Fernan Saguier (La Nación)

  • Damian Loreti (University of La Plata, Federation Press Workers)

12:30 pm: Free Speech, Free Press and National Wealth

  • Moderator: Anya Schiffrin (Columbia University)


  • Joseph Stiglitz (Nobel Laureate, Columbia University)

2 pm: Trends in Media Self-Regulation, Concentration & Political Impact

  • Moderator: Sergio Jellinek (World Bank)


  • Roberto Pombo (El Tiempo, Colombia)

  • Silvio Waisbord (George Washington University, International Journal of Press/Politics)

  • Taylor Boas (Boston University)

4 pm: Mexico: Of Past Legacies And A New Government

  • Moderator: David Luhnow (The Wall Street Journal)


  • Mony de Swaan (Federal Telecommunications Commission)

  • Alejandro Junco (Reforma)

  • Irene Levi (Observatel) 

  • Industry Representative Pending