The International Press Institute (IPI) announced that 12 Latin American journalists received death threats in the last month. The grim practice has become disturbingly common in countries like Honduras and Peru, where the highest number of cases originated.
Against the backdrop of three journalists killed, one jailed, others facing death threats, and two more accused of defamation, Peru celebrated Journalists' Day on Saturday, Oct. 1.
Radio announcers for the station Hits Star Noticias received death threats in the northern Peruvian city of Bagua.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, two Peruvian journalists accused of defamation were sentenced to two years in prison, although the sentences were suspended, reported the Press and Society Institute.
Police in the northeastern Peruvian city of Chimbote arrested three suspects in connection with the Sept. 7 killing of journalist Pedro Alonso Flores Silva, reported the newspaper Crónica Viva.
José Oquendo Reyes, director and host of the television program Sin Fronteras, became the third journalist killed in Peru in 2011 and the second television journalist killed in the same week, reported Reporters Without Borders.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is calling on Brazilian authorities to "thoroughly" investigate the killing of a radio journalist in the Amazonian city of Tabatinga, located in the triple-frontier between Brazil, Colombia and Perú.
Peruvian authorities revoked the broadcasting license of Radio Líder after a radio host incited the public to kill foreign tourists, according to the Gaceta Ucayalina.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, Peruvian journalist Pedro Alonso Flores Silva died after being shot two days earlier, reported the Press and Society Institute.
A Peruvian lawyer issued a writ of habeas corpus to free the journalist Paul Garay Ramírez. Garay was sentenced to three years in prison for alleged defamation, reported the newspaper Expreso.