Numerous Peruvian journalists attacked in just two days

By Liliana Honorato

Numerous journalists in Peru have been attacked in recent days. On Wednesday, July 4, police attacked at least five journalists who were covering the state of emergency declared in the region of Cajamarca, in the northern part of the country, where violent anti-mining strikes persist, reported the Press and Society Institute.

On Thursday, July 5, the newspaper Diario La Voz reported that a journalist was attacked by a group of professors affiliated with the Unique Union of Education Workers of the sector of the National Committee on Reorganization and Reorientation in the city of Ayacucho. Journalist Manuel Ventura Mariluz, local radio program host, was beaten, insulted, and received death threats by the professors who were in the middle of a strike, added Radio Programas del Perú.

Meanwhile, in the coastal city of Huacho, supporters of the regional counsel of the Province of Cañete attacked local reporters when they tried to ask questions about the arrest order for a public official of that city, reported the newspaper La República on Thursday, July 5.

Attacks on journalists has become common in Peru lately. Most of the cases happen during the many protests in the country, or are at the hands of public officials.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.