Peru's new court for crimes against journalists brings praise from abroad

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  • November 28, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has praised Peru's decision to create a special jurisdiction to prosecute serious crimes against journalists, calling it "of far-reaching importance for the battle against impunity.” Starting this month, the new jurisdiction will try cases of assassination, serious injuries, kidnapping, and extortion of journalists.

Peru's judiciary agreed last May to create the special tribunal. Serious crimes in Peru linked to terrorism and drug trafficking are also tried in special jurisdictions, IAPA explains.

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.