President’s Profile

Pedro Valdez Bernales is a Peruvian-Canadian journalist. In Peru, Valdez was kidnapped, tortured and jailed. After obtaining his freedom, he was forced into exile in Bolivia and later in Canada. In Toronto, Valdez has worked for over a decade as fieldworker in Amnesty International. He is a member of PEN Canada and Canadian Journalist for Free Expression (CJFE). He is also a co-founder of Journalist in Exile (JEX) and President of the Hispanic Press Association (HIPAC). In 2000 he founded Human Rights’ Press.

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