U.S. daily orders internal review after journalist convicted of spying

By Ingrid Bachmann

“Betrayed” is the work used in an editorial by the largest Spanish-language newspaper in New York, El Diario-La Prensa, to describe sentiment in the newsroom after one of its journalist pleaded guilty to being part of a Russian spy ring.

The reporter in question, Peruvian national Vicky Peláez, worked for more than 20 years at El Diario-La Prensa, The Associated Press explains, and, although none of the charges against the journalist were related to her work at the paper, the company said they would create an independent academic commission to revise its editorial practices.

“We know that credibility is at the essence of our work,” El Diario-La Prensa explained, in response to criticism from the Wall Street Journal. “We adhere to the highest standards of the profession,” the editorial added.

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.