An international advocacy group that defends freedom of the press in the Americas is bringing its annual conference to Charleston starting Friday.

The Inter American Press Association will hold its 71st General Assembly the Francis Marion Hotel through Tuesday.

The Miami-based group’s five-day conference includes different panels related to the modern-day media industry, from government transparency to threats and attacks against reporters.

“We are undergoing a dramatic situation in Latin America due to the murders of journalists, 16 this year in Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Honduras and Dominican Republic,” said Ricardo Trotti, IAPA executive director. “We are also concerned at the restrictions and acts of censorship of journalists that criticize their governments.”

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Police Chief Greg Mullen, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, InterTech Group CEO Anita Zucker, State Ports Authority CEO Jim Newsome and staffers from The Post and Courier will be among the participants.

Some of the topics of discussion include:

Good journalism from bad news.

The Growing Contribution of Women in Media.

The Challenges of Innovation for Latin America.

The Price of Bravery: Threats, Bombs and Murders.

The Future of Cuba and Its Impact in the Carribbean and Latin America.

The IAPA’s incoming president is Pierre Manigault, chairman of Evening Post Industries, which owns The Post and Courier.

The group’s 2016 General Assembly will be held in Mexico.

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