Ernesto Villanueva, a researcher at the Institute of Legal Research at La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), will discuss "The State of Freedom of Information in Latin America" at an event sponsored by the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
Villanueva is the editor of Derecho Comparado de la Información and Comparative Media Law Journal at the Institute of Legal Research of UNAM. As a member of Grupo Oaxaca, he helped spearhead the movement that led to the passage of the Access to Information Law in Mexico in 2002. For his efforts he received the Honor for Support of Journalism Award from the Trust for the Americas, a foundation that is part of the Organization of American States.
Villanueva’s research and topics of interest include the right of access to information, the rights of journalists, freedom of expression, media regulation, personal data protection, transparency and accountability, and access to public information.
He is the author of over 20 books and has written numerous scientific articles.