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TV crew in Peru attacked while covering law firm’s alleged criminal ties

Panamericana Television crew was attacked by a group of thirty people while they covered a protest against a Lima law firm, headed by Orellana Rengifo, with alleged links to organized crime, La República reports. Cameraman Juan Carlos Vera’s right eye was injured by a rock and journalist Renzo Santana had multiple facial wounds, El Comercio explains.

Panamericana said its journalists were “violently attacked by a group of thugs” while covering the demonstration by alleged victims of the firm’s activities. Last weekend, the station reported that the Rengifo's office was involved in an organization dedicated to illegal land sales and money laundering.

The Press and Society institute (IPYS) condemned the attack and called on the authorities to investigate.

Last week, a Mexican TV crew was attacked by a mob while investigating an electricians union.

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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