Santiago de Chile, October 2nd, 2013. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression and opinion, will be in Chile on October 4 and 5, following the invitation of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Union of South American correspondents of the press.

During his visit, Mr. La Rue will give a lecture at the University Alberto Hurtado and will be declared an outstanding citizen by the city of Santiago. He will also meet with academics, freedom of expression activists, community radio and civil society organizations in the Ebert Foundation office.

“The truth and the right to public information” is the central theme of the 2014 annual report presented by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, and it is also the issue that will be addressed by Frank La Rue at the Conference that will be held on October 4th at 11 am at the School of Journalism at the University Alberto Hurtado.

The city of Santiago will furthermore give to Frank La Rue’s the outstanding citizen award for his dedication to freedom of expression throughout the world. He will receive this award from the Mayor Carolina Toha.

During his stay in Chile, Frank La Rue will meet the group of communicators, journalists and academics who wrote the proposal establishing twelve points for a communication policy based on freedom of expression and the right to communicate. Meetings with civil society organizations and community radio broadcasters’ representatives are also planned.