CPJ disappointed by dissolution of local press freedom group

New York, November 12, 2004—The noted Argentine press freedom organization PERIODISTAS dissolved yesterday amid internal differences. The group, which was established nine years ago to defend local journalists against press freedom abuses, said in a press release that, “after a long internal discussion about the association’s main goals, it was impossible to find a consensus to incorporate all the different points of view.”

“PERIODISTAS has done extremely important work uniting the Argentine media, defending local journalists, and promoting press freedom in Latin America,” said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. “We are disappointed about the group’s dissolution and hope its members will continue to work to defend local journalists.”