AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION AND
THE PERUVIAN PRESS COUNCIL
This document certifies the institutional cooperation agreement
entered into by the Peruvian Press Council, on the one hand,
hereinafter the COUNCIL, represented by its president, Enrique
Zileri Gibson, identified with D.N.I. 09376142, according to
power of attorney registered in electronic entry N°… of
the Corporation Registry of Lima with domicile at Calle Punta
Negra No 572, Magdalena del Mar, Lima and on the other, the
Truth and Reconciliation Commission created by the President
of the Republic through Supreme Decree 065-2001-PCM, as amended
by Supreme Decree 101-2001-PCM, represented by its President
SALOMÓN LERNER FEBRES, identified with DNI 08771655,
appointed to such position through Supreme Resolution 330-2001-PCM,
and authorized to sign cooperation agreements through Ministerial
Resolution 212-2001-PCM, with domicile at Av. Salaverry N° 2802-
San Isidro, Lima, hereinafter the COMMISSION, under the following
terms and conditions:
FIRST: PARTIES TO THE AGREEMENT
The Peruvian Press Council
The Peruvian Press Council is a non-profit civil association
founded in 1996 by the main written press media in the country.
It was organized to defend press, expression and information
freedoms in Peru. It also seeks to promote and raise the ethical
level in national journalism. To do so, the Peruvian Press
Council created the Ethics Tribunal, sitting well-known Peruvians
from outside journalism. It has developed the campaign to Access
Information Kept by the State since 2000.
The associated media in the Peruvian Press Council are the
following newspapers: El Comercio, Gestión, La República,
El Popular, Líbero, Ojo, Correo, Ajá, El Bocón,
La Industria de Trujillo, Satélite de Trujillo, La Industria
de Chimbote, La Industria de Chiclayo, El Norteño, El
Tiempo de Piura y Arequipa al Día. Also the following
Magazines Caretas, Debate, Semana Económica, Perú Económico,
Ideele, Signos, Espacio, Kanari de Iquitos, and audiovisual
media Canal N television and CPN radio.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a high level entity
created by the Executive Power through Supreme Decree N° 065-2001-PCM
of June 4th, 2001, as complemented by Supreme Decree N° 101-2001-PCM,
to clarify the process, tasks and responsibilities related
to terrorist violence and violations of human rights from May
1980 to November 2000, by both terrorist organizations and
members of the state. It also makes proposals for strengthening
peace and creating harmony among Peruvians.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has become the ideal
mechanism to process and clarify the serious violations of
human rights occurred during the violence period –it
needs all the support and cooperation of public and private
institutions and of citizens at large. In addition, it must
direct its efforts at analyzing the causes of violence, contributing
to the making of justice by competent entities and preparing
proposals for institutional reform and the comprehensive redressing
.SECOND: OBJECTIVE OF THE AGREEMENT
This agreement establishes the framework for cooperation between
the COUNCIL and the COMMISSION by media dissemination of the
COMMISSION’S activities within the framework of promoting
democracy and human rights. Particularly, in the perspective
of strengthening freedom of expression and press and the right
THIRD: COMMITMENT OF THE PARTIES
a) The COUNCIL will provide consulting at the COMMISSION’s
request on issues related to media dissemination of activities,
as well as appropriate media treatment of the information it
keeps and produces.
b) The COUNCIL will collaborate with the COMMISSION in organizing
and disseminating activities, including work meetings and training
and workshops for journalists.
c) The COUNCIL will respond
to the COMMISSION’S information
requests and will gather documents on nationa land international
media coverage on the subject comprised in its mandate to deliver
d) The COMMISSION and the COUNCIL commit themselves to disseminate
this agreement as part of their institutional activities.
FOURTH: SPECIFIC AGREEMENTS
Specific agreements can be reached according to the commitments
assumed in the former clause. The agreement’s scope and
duration, and the obligations of the parties will be established
in the agreement. Specific agreements will also be used for
the parties (in agreement) to assume additional commitments
to those established in the current agreement.
This agreement does not generate any financial liabilities,
and neither of the two institutions are obliged to keep specific
funds for the needs generated from it.
The parties are free to request financing from third parties
for the joint execution of activities deriving from this agreement.
SIXTH: TERM OF THE AGREEMENT
This agreement shall become effective as from its signing
and until the COMMISSION completes its mandate in compliance
with Supreme Decree N° 065-2001-PCM, unless one of the
parties notifies the other party in writing and one month advance
its intention of terminating the agreement.
SEVENTH: OPERATION COORDINATORS
The following operation coordinators will help to comply with
the objectives of this agreement:
For the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Iris Jave Pinedo,
Communication Area Coordinator
For the Peruvian Press Council: Kela León, Projects
To achieve the objectives of this agreement, both parties,
through their operation coordinators or their designers agree
to hold joint coordination and action plan meetings when requested
by any of the parties.
EIGHTH: INTERPRETATION AND CONTROVERSIES
This agreement is based upon the parties’ good faith.
Any controversies arising its interpretation, execution or
breach will be resolved by agreement of the parties.
In conformance with the contents and scope of this agreement,
the parties sign it in two equally valid copies in Lima on
the 7th day of December, 2002
Enrique Zileri Gibson
Peruvian Press Council
Salomón Lerner Febres
and Reconciliation Commission