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ERIC Number: ED082221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 20
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The Inter American Press Association as Champion of Press Freedom: Reality or Rhetoric? The Bolivian Experience, 1952-1973.
Knudson, Jerry W.
Each year a committee on freedom of the press, established in 1946 by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), exposes those countries which it feels do not have freedom of the press. In 1952 Bolivia underwent a social and economic revolution. As a result, angry mobs forced the closure of the two newspapers with the largest circulation in Bolivia--"La Razon" and "Los Tiempos"--when the new regime refused to provide police protection. Although the revolutionary government gave Bolivia political stability and social reform, this record was marred by twelve years of blacklisting by the IAPA. The Bolivian experience is representative of the misuse of censure power by the IAPA to foster its own political ends. Bolivian authorities disputed claims of the IAPA on the grounds that the organization was composed of entrepreneurs and that a proper investigation had not been conducted. In the case of "Los Tiempos," the exiled publisher Canelas himself was a member of the committee. (EE)
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Identifiers - Location: Bolivia