Journalism organizations and freedom of expression groups release statement in support of Peruvian journalist Gustavo Gorriti

Ten journalism organizations and freedom of expression groups, led by the National Press Club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute in the U.S., released a joint statement "responding to the potential for legal action against renowned Peruvian investigative journalist Gustavo Gorriti, founder of IDL-Reporteros."

"We are alarmed by the misuse of the Peruvian legal system to silence Gustavo Gorriti, a veteran investigative reporter who helped expose a sweeping network of corruption and collusion among Latin America’s wealthy and powerful," the statement began.

“Gorriti, whose work has earned him worldwide recognition and a Nieman Fellowship, is now the target of a legal complaint brought by the political party of one of the Peruvian politicians whom he has investigated," it continued. "This is a blatant attempt to muzzle one of Latin America’s best investigative reporters, the outlet that he has founded, and, by extension, any journalist who would dare to speak truth to power in Latin America."

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