New York, September 12, 2011--A lawsuit alleging invasion
of privacy brought by Argentina's former president, Carlos Saúl Menem, against
two journalists with the local newsweekly Noticias violates
Article 13 of the American
Convention on Human Rights, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a legal
brief filed Friday before the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
This is the first case brought in the Inter-American system that involves a privacy claim stemming from a report on matters of public concern. CPJ believes it is vital for the court to set a precedent of protecting journalists' rights at a time when leaders in Latin America and around the world are using a barrage of legal actions to stifle critical reporting.