Media Forum: freedom of the Press and Digital Transformation in Latin America
June 26-27, 2014Washington DC

The World Bank and the The Dialogue are pleased to host the event: "Media Forum on Freedom of the Press and Digital Transformation in Latin America." The event will take place over two days: from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at the World Bank (Building C, 1225  Connecticut Ave NW, room C2 - 100) on Thursday, June 26th. The forum will continue the following day at National Public Radio (1111 North Capitol St NE) from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Public media has been in the spotlight of Latin America over the past years. Issues of press freedom and media pluralism have assumed priority in much of the region’s agenda, with countries trying to pass ambitious reforms in order to increase media access for their citizens. At the same time, as information becomes more digital across the globe, Latin America is witnessing an important transformation from print to electronic media.

The forum will consist of panels and presentations featuring experts from all across the region who will discuss media regulations, press freedom, and digital journalism among other important issues. Below you can find a detailed schedule of the event.

You can follow the event live on this page.

To RSVP for the event at the World Bank on June 26th click here.
To RSVP for the event at NPR on June 27th click here.

June 26
World Bank - Building C (C2 - 100)
1225  Connecticut Ave NW

5:00 - 5:45 pm
Opening remarks

Edward Schumacher-Matos, Ombudsman, NPR
Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue
Jorge Familiar, Vice President for Latin America & the Caribbean, World Bank (TBC)
Joseph Tovares, Senior Vice President for Diversity & Innovation, US Corporation for Public Broadcasting
5:45 - 6:45 pm
Presentation of the report Media Systems Regulation & Digital TV in Latin America

Introduction: Sergio Jellinek, External Affairs Manager, Latin America and the Caribbean
Presentation: Gustavo Gómez Germano, Director, Latin American Observatory on Regulation, Media & Convergence
Discussant: Silvio R. Waisbord, Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, School of Media & Public Affairs, George Washington University 
6:45 - 8:30 pm
June 27
National Public Radio
1111 North Capitol St NE

9:30 - 11:00 am
Panel: Press Freedom, Pluralism & Media Systems in Latin America

Speakers: David Rivas, Director of Public Media (El Salvador)
Romel Jurado, President, Checks and Balances (Ecuador)
Omar Rincón, Director, Journalism Institute at the Universidad de los Andes (Colombia)
Mauricio Herrera, Editor in Chief, Semenario Universidad (Costa Rica)
Moderator: Marcelo Varela, Associate Director of the Americas Program, Carter Center
11:00 - 11:15 am
Coffee break
11:15 - 1:00 pm
Panel: The Crisis of Print Media and the Future of Digital Journalism

Speakers: Óscar Martínez, El Faro (El Salvador)
Daniel Moreno, Director General, Animal Político (Mexico)
Moderator: Edward Schumacher-Matos, Ombudsman, NPR
1:00 - 1:30 pm
Closing remarks