Building peace in the minds of men and women

World Press Freedom Day 2018

Wed, 2 May - 13:30 to 15:00

Parallel Session 2

Edison Lanza

Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression - Organization of American States

Edison Lanza is the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since October 2014 and his mandate was recently extended for a new term. Lanza, an Uruguayan lawyer, graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of the Republic in 1997. He has also served as a journalist in several media outlets; leaded emblematic cases related to the right of freedom of expression before the Inter-American Human Rights system and integrated, directed and founded several non-governmental organizations which defend the right to freedom of expression. Lanza has co-founded and presided the Center for Archives and Access to Public Information, CAInfo, co-founded the Media and Society Group, has been a member of the Committee on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in the Regional Alliance for Freedom of Expression and Information, and of the Working Group on the Inter-American System of Human Rights of the OAS IFEX-ALC alliance in defense of freedom of expression. He has supported the drafting of bills and edited policy initiatives related to access to public information, right of reply and correction, freedom of expression and media outlets, among others.