Peruvian President Castillo threatens 2 journalists with criminal defamation suit

  • Source: CPJ
  • April 29, 2022

"On April 12, 2022, Peruvian President Pedro Castillo sent a notarized letter to Rosana Cueva, editor and host of the independent TV news magazine “Panorama,” and to José Ignacio Beteta, editor of the independent news website Vigilante, demanding a retraction of recent reporting, according to reports and Cueva, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. In the letter, Castillo threatened to file a criminal defamation lawsuit against the two journalists within 24 hours unless they retracted reporting that described Castillo’s alleged close ties to a controversial public works contractor."

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