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H.Res. 536 (114th): Supporting freedom of the press in Latin America and the Caribbean and condemning violations of press freedom and violence against journalists, bloggers, and individuals exercising their right to freedom of speech.

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 15, 2015.


Supports a free press in Latin America and the Caribbean and condemns violations of press freedom and violence against journalists.

Urges countries in the region to implement recommendations to its Member States from the Organization of American States Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.

Urges countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to be vocal in condemning violations of press freedom, violence against journalists, and the culture of impunity that leads to self-censorship.

Urges Western Hemisphere countries to uphold the principles outlined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Urges the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State to assist the media in closed societies to promote a free press.