World Press Freedom Day 2016
Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States (Uruguay)
Edison Lanza is Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH), since July 2014. Mr Lanza is a Uruguayan lawyer and journalist. He has worked as a reporter in several media outlets, as a consultant for international organizations on issues of freedom of expression and right to information, as a counselor for the Uruguayan journalists’ union, and as a university professor. Mr Lanza has written and promoted several bills at the national and regional level and is author of numerous publications specialized in the subject. He is also co-founder and president of the Center for Archives and Access to Public Information, co-founder of the Media and Society Group, member of the Committee on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information, and Member of the Working Group on the Inter-American System of Human Rights and the OAS of the IFEX-ALC alliance in defense of freedom of expression. He has been a consultant for several organizations, including the World Bank, UNESCO, and the World Association of Community Radios (AMARC).