Interview with IAB President and New Year's Greeting

Area: All | 12/28/2016 |

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"The best way to grow in an inclusive and sustained manner is through work based on principles of self-regulation and professionalism. There must be someone responsible behind the content, as is the case of free, over-the-air broadcasting, legally established. Along with highlighting the importance and contribution of Broadcasting to the world, democracy and development through its "quasi omni presence" reaching the highest levels of audiences in all regions.”Another year ends. Another period in which IAB attended an extensive agenda of activities. "AIR Online" interviewed the President of our Association, Eng. José Luis Saca, while we are moving towards the beginning of 2017.

 

 

What do you think were the biggest challenges for IAB in 2016?

"To ensure the full validity of Freedom of Expression in the three Americas. To this end, we developed a broad multidisciplinary agenda, which included personal meetings with the Secretary General of the OAS in Washington, with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Directorate for Freedom of Expression of Unesco in Paris.

To denounce, condemn and confront unpunished crimes and attacks against journalists and media, which unfortunately have repeatedly occurred in several countries this year.


IAB in Washington DC with Dr. Luis Almagro,
Secretary General of the OAS. March 2016
To strengthen the rights of private broadcasters as authentic creators and generators of content. We have had a permanent presence at WIPO in Geneva, where we have achieved encouraging results to reach a new Treaty for the Protection of Broadcasting Organizations.

IAB with NAB President Gordon Smith, April 2016
We strengthened the guarantees for the use of our spectrum, as ratified by the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference. At the United Nations Internet Governance Forum, I had the opportunity to share and highlight global statistics where radio and television broadcasting has a penetration of over 95% and 80% respectively versus less than 50% for the Internet. That is why it is important that Broadcasters continue to develop advances in our spectrum." 
 
 
IAB was recognized as one of the most outstanding organizations during the World Summit on the Information Society of the United Nations, because of its defense of Freedom of Expression and Private Broadcasting in the digital age. How does IAB continue to work on this issue?

"Principles do not change, they are the values that guide us, and they are perfectly embodied in our doctrine. Technologies may change, principles do not, that is why we update day by day and we will use this technology in favor of Broadcasting to keep defending these important principles, cornerstone for democracy and the development of nations. "


Eng. Saca with Guy Berger,
Director of Freedom of Expression of UNESCO.
Paris, February 2016


You were appointed by the World Broadcasting Unions to represent them and to speak before the UN Internet Governance Forum that was held earlier this month in Mexico. For this transcendent distinction that you exercised, what was the message of the Global Broadcasting facing the new developments that implies the digital era?

Eng. Saca during his TV message on the occasion of IAB´s 70 Anniversary. October 4, 2016
"The best way to grow in an inclusive and sustained manner is through work based on principles of self-regulation and professionalism. There must be someone responsible behind the content, as is the case of free, over-the-air broadcasting, legally established. Along with highlighting the importance and contribution of Broadcasting to the world, democracy and development through its "quasi omni presence" reaching the highest levels of audiences in all regions.”  
 
 
What does "Being a Broadcaster" mean to you?
"Being a Broadcaster is a great honor. Being a broadcaster is to connect with more than 95% of the world." Being a Broadcaster is to be a defender of democracy. Being a Broadcaster is to be a cornerstone of the development of our communities, societies and nations. Being a Broadcaster is providing people with free and over-the-air information and content. Being a Broadcaster is to be a defender of freedom. "

President of Costa Rica, S.E. Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, inaugurating IAB Board of Directors meeting,
organized by CANARA, November 2016
 
 
Your message to IAB Members for the New Year.

"Dear Friends Broadcasters and Colleagues:

Without a doubt, we have concluded a year full of challenges and advances. We had no breaks. We have sent our message to decision makers before governments and international organizations. We fought for the fundamental pillars, resulting in greater respect for Freedom of Expression and in defense of our signals, Freedom of information and content. We challenged the censors with courage and determination, to once again honor this IAB which is a worldwide example of struggle for Free Broadcasting.

There is still more to come and we will not rest until there is full validity of Freedom of Expression in the Americas, until there are guarantees for the development of the spectrum allocated to Broadcasting and until our signals are fully protected.”

 

Eng. José Luis Saca
President of the International Association of Broadcasting
-IAB-

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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