Peru: 21 journalists are attacked amid political crisis

"The National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP, by its Spanish acronym) recorded, as of this Sun. Dec. 11, attacks on 21 journalists in Lima, Apurímac, Huaura, Arequipa, and Puno [in the midst of protests following the impeachment of president Pedro Castillo]. [...] Among the most serious incidents were the harassment of Analí Andrade, Carlos Peña and Edwin Ramírez in Apurímac; the attacks on Williams Moreno and Sergio García in Huaura; and the repeated attacks by supporters of former president Pedro Castillo outside the DIROES [Directorate of Special Operations of the National Police], with the consent of police officers observing said events.

Likewise, we condemn the fact that citizens resort to verbal and physical violence to express their rejection of the work of the press in these coverages. Phrases such as ‘trash press,’ ‘mermelera [corrupt] press,’ among others, have escalated to aggression and harassment. This leads to the expulsion of our colleagues from where the protests take place, seriously affecting citizens' right to information."

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