ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Fundamedios is an organization committed to promoting freedom of expression, monitor aggressions and risks faced by journalists, and uphold human rights since 2007 in Latin America. In December 2017, Fundamedios was awarded with the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Fundamedios is one of the leading organizations of Voces del Sur (VDS), a CSOs’ collective that reports progress toward implementing the Sustainable Development Goal 16 regarding peace, justice and strong institutions. The network of fundamental freedom organizers developed regional standards for monitoring and dissemination of alerts regarding freedom of expression in 8 countries. The report has been reviewed by UNESCO as part of the UN’s High-Level Review of SDG 16 in July 2019.

The organization has experience in monitoring, promoting and protecting freedom of expression and freedom of the press; boosting high-quality reporting; training journalists; carrying out studies and research, and promoting open discussion about journalism, media, and democracy in Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay, and the USA.

The work has been undertaken in close partnership with media, civil society, and international organizations, as well as the Inter-American and Universal Systems for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.

BOARD OF ADVISORS USA

Fernando del Rincón
(Conclusiones CNN, USA)
Claudia Gurisatti
(Director-General, RCN TV, Colombia)

Boris Munoz
(Opinion Editor New York Times, USA)
Hector Schamis
(Professor Georgetown University, USA)

Gustau Alegret
(U.S. News Director NTN24, USA)
Claudia Uceda
(Correspondant UNIVISION, USA)

BOARD OF ADVISORS LATIN AMERICA

Xavier Bonilla, Bonil
(Political Cartoonist, El Universo, Ecuador)
Ana Karina López
(Journalist and Author, Ecuador)
Miguel Rivadeneira
(News Director Radio Quito, Ecuador)
Christian Zurita
(MilHojas, Ecuador)
Mariana Neira
(Journalist and Author, Ecuador)
Simón Espinosa
(Ecuadorian Language Academy, Ecuador)
Juan Carlos Calderón
(Director Plan V, Ecuador)
Diego Araujo Sánchez
(Author, Ecuador)
Mónica Almeida
(Director El Universo, Ecuador)
Tania Tinoco
(Journalist Ecuavisa, Ecuador)
Luis Verdesoto
(Master in Politics, University Professor, Ecuador)
Jean Cano
(Journalist Plan V, Ecuador)
Carlos Jijón
(Director La Republica, Ecuador)
Stephan Kuffner
(The Economist correspondent, South America)
Yadira Aguagallo
(#NosFaltan, 3 Ecuador)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS LATIN AMERICA

Juan Carlos Calderón
Presidente
César Ricaurte
CEO
Mauricio Alarcón
Deputy Director
Verónica Manosalvas
Treasurer
Sandra Garcés
Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS USA

Cesar Ricaurte
President
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Vice President
Dagmar Thiel
Director
John Diggnes
Director

STAFF

Cesar Ricaurte: CEO
Mr. César Ricaurte is co-founder and executive director of the NED-supported Andean Foundation for Social Observation and Study of the Media (FUNDAMEDIOS), Ecuador’s first civil society organization devoted to the protection of free speech. He has actively denounced his government’s attacks on freedom of the press, including by way of testimonies before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and has been a frequent target of official harassment as a result. In 2012, the Argentinian publishing house Perfil awarded him an International Freedom of the Press Prize, and the Inter-American Press Association granted him its Grand Prize for Press Freedom. During his fellowship, Mr. Ricaurte is working on a project examining the Ecuadorean government’s systematic assault on freedom of expression, including the stigmatization of journalists, NGOs, and independent media.
Dagmar Thiel, USA Office Director
Ecuadorian-German journalist, appointed as Fundamedios’ Director in the U.S. in 2018 to lead its office start-up in Washington DC and manage it thereafter. She has ample experience in communications, public affairs, and corporate sustainability, and has worked over 25 years in media, non-profit organizations, and corporations. In Ecuador, Dagmar was a reporter and news anchor in Ecuavisa and TC TV, as well as a contributor of El Pais, and Deutsche Welle. In the corporative sector she was Head of Communications and Corporate Sustainability of Telefonica (previously BellSouth), Vice President of Foundation Telefonica, and became elected Chairperson of the United Nation Global Compact Network in Ecuador.

Frank LaRue, Advocacy and Human Rights Director
Journalist and lawyer from the San Carlos University of Guatemala. He also has studies in U.S. Foreign Policy in the School of Advanced International Studies Johns Hopkins University Washington, DC, and on Conflict Resolution at Eastern Mennonite University USA.
He has a long history as Human Rights defender in Guatemala, focusing his work particularly toward vulnerable groups such as children, youth, women and indigenous peoples, for which in 2003 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has a wide experience in Human Rights, Democratic Development, Social Communication, Education, Latin American Analysis and political issues. Human Rights Lawyer in cases presented to the Interamerican Human Rights Commission and the Interamerican Human Rights Court and lobbying before the United Nations System on Human Rights. Former Director for the RFK Center for Human Rights Europe, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection for the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008. At present he is the member of the Board of Directors of the DEMOS Institute, an NGO that works on the promotion of democratic values and provides support to the participation of youth, women and indigenous peoples in Guatemala.University professor, and Human Rights investigator. Member of the Google Advisory Council, and Pioneer Award winner 2014, granted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Verónica Manosalvas
Managing Director Office of Operations
Desirée Yépez
Managing Chief Journalistics Issues Office
Paola Aguilar
PR Manager

PROJECT SPECIALISTS

Gabriel Narváez
Fact Checking
David Revelo
Digital Communications
Byron Arias
Multimedia Design
María Fernanda Almeida
Journalist
Félix Amaya
Journalist
Silvia Acosta
Executive Assistant

OUR SUPPORTERS

We are grateful for the support given by many sources and their respect for our independence.
Fundamedios struggle to protect fundamental freedoms since 2012 has been possible thanks to the funding and support from:

PADF

National Endowment for Democracy

USAID

US State Deparment

European Commission

Comunidad Andina

Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Government of Canada

German Minister of Foreign Affairs

Open Society Foundations

UNDP

UNESCO

Banco Pichincha

district design group

Corporación Andina de Fomento

IFEX

Freedom House

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