Inter American Press Association

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Inter American Press Association
Abbreviation IAPA
Formation 1943
Type press advocacy group
Headquarters Jules Dubois Building, Miami, United States

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA; Spanish: Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa, SIP) is a press advocacy group representing major media organizations in North America, South America and the Caribbean. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida. Every year it issues its internationally prestigious IAPA/SIP Excellence in Journalism Awards in the fields of cartoon, online news coverage, news coverage, coverage on mobile phones, features, human rights and community service, photography, infographics, opinion, data journalism, in-depth journalism and press freedom. [1]

IAPA has two autonomous affiliates – the IAPA Press Institute, which offers Latin American members advice on technical publishing matters and politics and the IAPA Scholarship Fund, which provides funds for educational activities.

IAPA is a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of more than 70 non-governmental organisations that monitors press freedom and freedom of expression violations worldwide.

It has been criticized by many Latin American journalists' trade unions, who claim that it only represents the owners of the large media corporations, that it does not seem to defend journalists themselves, and that it is closely related to right-wing parties.


IAPA was conceived at the first Pan American Congress of Journalists in 1926, with a Permanent Commission established in 1942 after the second Congress. IAPA was founded in 1943, and in 1950 became an organisation fully independent of the region's governments.[2]

In 1977 it was reported that IAPA was funded by the CIA.[3]

In 2000 the IAPA inaugurated a new headquarters building, which it named after Jules Dubois, who was Chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information for 15 years (1950-1965).[4]



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