Peruvian court overturns journalist’s defamation conviction

By Joseph Vavrus

Segundo Carrascal Carrasco, editor of the weekly Nor Oriente, was released by the Supreme Court of Lima, after spending more than five months in prison for defamation, Crónica Viva reports.

The journalist was originally sentenced to a year in prison for a series of articles written in 2005 that alleged corruption in a local education institute, a conviction that was criticized by the Inter American Press Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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.