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Critics Are Not Criminals


Here are organizations fighting against the criminalization of speech in the Americas.

  • PEN International is the world’s leading association of writers, working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world.
  • Media Legal Defense Initiative (MLDI) provides legal defense to journalists, bloggers, and independent media across the world.
  • The Inter American Press Association defends freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas.
  • The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom.
  • Article 19 is a nonprofit organization that monitors, researches, publishes, lobbies, campaigns, and litigates on behalf of freedom of expression.
  • The Center for Justice and International Law promotes human rights in the Americas through the effective use of the Inter-American system and international human rights law.
  • Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS) protects and promotes human rights and the democratic system in Argentina.
  • The Committee to Protect Journalists defends the rights of journalists worldwide to report the news without fear of reprisal.
  • Derechos Human Rights and its sister organization Equipo Nizkor work for the respect and promotion of human rights in Latin America.
  • The Due Process of Law Foundation seeks to strengthen the rule of law and promote respect for human rights in Latin America.
  • Foro de Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA) seeks to improve Argentine journalism through training, the elevation of ethical standards, and the defense of freedom of expression.
  • The Foundation For a Free Press (FLIP) promotes and defends freedom of expression and the right to information in Colombia.
  • Fundamedios promotes freedom of expression, freedom of the press, access to information, and high-quality journalism in Ecuador.
  • Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
  • The Inter American Press Association defends freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the Americas. Among its many resources is an analytical database of national laws and regulations governing free speech in the Americas.
  • Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), based in Peru, is a civil society organization that promotes investigative journalism, freedom of expression, and access to public information in Latin America.
  • The Open Society Justice Initiative uses litigation, advocacy, research, and technical assistance to promote human rights and build legal capacity for open societies.
  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press provides legal advice, support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists working where U.S. law applies.
  • Reporters Without Borders defends imprisoned and persecuted journalists worldwide, fights censorship, provides financial aid, and works to improve the safety of journalists.