Nixon Solórzano Bernales, host of a TV program dedicated to informing citizens of public safety issues in the Cajamarca region of northern Peru, was attacked and stabbed as he left the television station on Jan. 14, according to the Press and Society Institute (or IPYS in Spanish).
Northern Peru was the most dangerous part in the country for journalists in 2012, according to a report from the Press and Society Institute (or IPYS in Spanish) on attacks against the press.
Journalists in Peru suffered 136 attacks and hostilities during 2012, according to a report from the Office of the Human Rights of Journalists at the Peruvian National Association of Journalists, reported the website Perú 21.
The Institute for Press and Society, IPYS, described a recent change in the legislative decree that regulates the National Defense System as a "serious attack" on the right to access information, freedom of expression and transparency.
A Peruvian journalist working in the area of human rights received two phone calls with death threats and an envelope with four bullets on Oct. 4, according to the Press and Society Institute, or IPYS. The relatives of Rosario Huayanca Zapata, who works for the Human Rights Commission of Ica (in the south-central region of the country), received the phone calls, while the envelope was found at her work.
The case of Peruvian journalist Rudy Palma, who served two months in jail for hacking into the e-mail of government officials, has started a national debate in the South American country over how to regulate information technology without threatening other liberties.
On Aug. 28, a new anti-terrorism bill was presented in the Peruvian Congress that could restrict freedom of expression and the press in the South American country, according to the AFP.
The Peruvian prosecutor's office raided a bookstore on Aug. 24 in Lima and confiscated copies of a magazine accused of advocating for the armed Peruvian group Shining Path, according to the news portal Terra.
Troubled by the introduction of bills that would create information crimes in Peru, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish) and several other international organizations penned an open letter to the Peruvian Congress regarding the right to freedom of information, reported the newspaper Perú21 on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
A Peruvian journalist was detained for eight hours for filming police officers turning television sets off in the Plaza de Armas in the city of Celendín in northern Peru, while people were trying to watch Ollanta Humala's presidential message on Saturday, July 28.