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IAPA condemns kidnapping and extortion of journalists from América TV Peru

"The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the kidnapping and extortion of a group of journalists from América TV, Peru. They were forced to read a live statement as a condition for their release. The organization urged the authorities to investigate, identify the culprits and bring them to justice to prevent these acts from being […]

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Peru: Fujimori's trial for journalist's 1991 murder postponed

"Peru's Judiciary postponed the start of the trial scheduled for this Thursday for the death of young journalist Melisa Alfaro, who died in 1991 due to the explosion of an envelope bomb, allegedly prepared by the Army Intelligence Service, during the government of then President Alberto Fujimori (...) In October 1991, Alfaro was 23 years […]

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Peru: Judiciary ratifies sentence that acquitted Paola Ugaz of defamation lawsuit

"The Tenth Criminal Court of the Judiciary confirmed the acquittal of Paola Ugaz after accusations of defamation filed by Luciano Revoredo, director of the news outlet La Abeja. This, after the plaintiff appealed the decision of the Superior Court that ruled in favor of the journalist. The resolution was issued on May 18 and declared […]

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Peru: 100 days have gone by without president Pedro Castillo responding to the press

"On June 2, 2022, President Pedro Castillo completed 100 days without responding or giving statements to the press. He did so during a visit to a school in the north of Lima, an activity that was neither communicated to the press nor included in his agenda because it was deemed to be 'private.' Ada Ramos, […]

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Journalists urge Peruvian Congress to lift the ban on access to the press

"Dozens of journalists held a sit-in on May 11 in front of the Peruvian Congress to demand 'respect for the right to information' and immediate access for information professionals inside the parliamentary headquarters, which has been restricted for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, set up by the Peruvian Press Council, the […]

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Peru: Violent protesters harass journalist in her home

"On April 21, 2022, a group of around 50 demonstrators stood outside the home of journalist Ketty Vela. They protested violently against the manner in which she had reported on a strike organized by patrol members and members of the Defense Front. The event happened in Tocache, a province in the San Martín region, in […]

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Peruvian President Castillo threatens 2 journalists with criminal defamation suit

"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. […]

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Five Peruvian journalists were attacked in front of Congress during a march for a new cabinet of ministers

"The Peruvian press denounced that five journalists were attacked on March 8, outside the Peruvian Congress. They were covering the demonstrations around the debate in Parliament on a vote of confidence in the cabinet of ministers. A cameraman from the Latina TV channel was thrown to the ground and his camera was taken from him, […]

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Peru: Protesters attack journalists during march demanding Pedro Castillo leave the presidency

"In Plaza San Martín (in Lima, Peru), there were several attacks between those who request the vacancy of the head of state (President Pedro Castillo) and those who defend the current government. They even tried to attack journalists. […] Also, a group of demonstrators in favor of this march tried to attack the press. In […]

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Peruvian journalist Gastón Medina receives death threat note, bullet at his outlet

"Peruvian authorities must thoroughly investigate a death threat against TV journalist Gastón Medina, bring those responsible to justice, and guarantee his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On February 23, Medina, the owner and news director of the independent Cadena Sur television station in the southern city of Ica, arrived at the station […]