Peruvian reporter is threatened after talking to police about death of mayor

  • By Guest
  • November 19, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Journalist Roberto Gálvez said he received insulting and threatening phone calls shortly after giving a statement to authorities investigating the shooting death of Mayor Aucayacu Wilder Miranda, reports Inforegión, where Gálvez is a regional correspondent.

Gálvez and his colleague Sergio Madureño were asked to talk about the case, after Miranda’s widow called them “enemies” of the mayor. Both reporters deny any role in the crime that, according to La República, looks to have been committed by drug traffickers.

According to Gálvez, it is political groups who disliked his journalistic work are behind the threats and the harassment amounts to an attack on freedom of expression.

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.

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