The Washington Post is a founding partner of the Center for Media Integrity at the Organization of American States

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Here is a press release from the Organization of American States (OAS):

OAS Launches Center for Media Integrity of the Americas

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, today launched the Center for Media Integrity of the Americas, a new center funded by voluntary donations to promote and support the practice of a independent journalism not affiliated with social interests. media production in the Americas.

In its early stages, the main activities of the Center will include:

  • Recurring seminars on journalism and social media for traditional and new media makers, hosted by the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  • An annual awards program hosted by the OAS Secretary General
  • The Washington Post and Fundación Gabo (Gabriel Garcia Marquez Foundation), based in Cartagena, Colombia, are also founding partners of the Center, serving on the Council of Advisors and as convening centers, possibly hosting future activities.

Going forward, the Center will encourage other initiatives that recognize and support rigorous factual journalism and the dissemination of information on social media. The Center will also strive to expand its network of partnerships with journalists, media, universities and NGOs across the Americas who share the same values ​​and goals.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said, “It is essential for the sustainability of any democracy that citizens have relevant and factual information to make the best possible decisions. This right is openly challenged by malicious stakeholders who misuse the multiple communication technologies available to us these days to spread disinformation and misinformation that promote their agendas at all costs. This threatens democracy in all our countries. Today, we are launching this Center for Media Integrity of the Americas to support the right to information of these citizens and invite all potential partners across the Americas to join us in this endeavour.

A Board of Directors will oversee the Centre’s fundraising activities. A separate, independent Council of Advisors will develop the awards program and help structure and support the seminar program. The full composition of the current Council of Advisors is available here.

The Center is launched as a project of the OAS General Secretariat, to be transformed into an independent non-profit organization.

The objectives and values ​​of the Center are intrinsically linked to the fundamental mandates of the OAS, such as the support and defense of democracy and human rights in the Americas, as reflected in the OAS Charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter of the OAS.

The Center’s first executive director will be former US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley.

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