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Dear colleague,

As you know the IAPA will be holding its Midyear Meeting during March 8th -11th in the Mexican bicentennial city of Puebla, a World Heritage Site.

The IAPA, in collaboration with the Host Committee, has prepared an intense and full program, through which you will be able to learn more about the issues that the news media of the world, and from Latin America in particular, are facing.

We will have invited noted members of our profession and professionals from the world of information and communication technologies, as well as illustrious figures in politics, such as Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto, former heads of state Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, and Oswaldo Hurtado of Ecuador; and others from the world of business, such as Carlos Slim Helú, and of letters, such as historian and essayist Enrique Krauze.

Freedom of the press and of expression are two of the main causes that identify our organization, for which we always count on the presence of noted figures who have stood out in their fight to make the world aware of the facts, despite the setbacks that they suffer on the part of their governments and other types of organizations, often criminal ones.

In Puebla we will be joined by Yoani Sánchez, a linguist, journalist, activist, and editor of the blog Generación Y, who on a daily basis narrates the ugly facts of the Cuban reality that the official propaganda tries to hide.

But most important for us is to count with your presence and participation in the various forums and debates that will take place over four days, so that you can tell us of your experiences and concerns at this complex moment in history which the industry is going through, and be able to learn first hand how the rest of our colleagues are confronting it.

In the name of our president, Jaime Mantilla, I would like to take this opportunity to send you our warmest greetings,


Julio E. Muñoz, Ph. D
Executive Director