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Peru

November 12, 2014

Journalist gunned down in Peru

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Sunday's murder of Peruvian journalist Fernando Raymondi and called on authorities to fully investigate the crime and establish a motive. The journalist was investigating a story on local gangs for Peru's leading newsmagazine Caretas, according to news reports. Raymondi was at his father's grocery store in San Vicente de Cañete, a town just south of the capital city of Lima, when two gunmen burst in, according to news reports. Hilario Raymondi... MORE
October 22, 2014

Peruvian radio host's wife killed in attack on station

Peruvian authorities must conduct an efficient and thorough investigation into Friday's attack on a radio station in which assailants killed the wife of a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists has said. On the pretext of purchasing ads, a man entered Radio Rumba, in the town of Pichanaki in central Junín department, at about 5:30 am on Friday. He was followed into the station by a second man who was armed with a pistol, according to news reports. When the men entered, Gerson Fabián... MORE
October 9, 2014

Accusations against local official result in attempt to kill Peruvian journalist

Journalist Santos Porras , director of the weekly Quién in Huancayo, has reported to Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) that people tried to kill him after he published serious accusations against the local leader Vladimir Cerrón Rojas, who was also a candidate for reelection in the October 5 vote. The incident took place in Junín, in central Peru. Santos Porras told IPYS that on September 13 he was leaving a party when he was approached by two people who forced him into a car and drove him to... MORE
May 9, 2014

Journalists in Peru highlight recent attacks on press

Tensions have been rising over the last few weeks in Peru with reports of threats, harassment claims and physical attacks against journalists, culminating in the recent bombing of the home of news site director Yofre López Sifuentes . In the first four months of 2014, the National Association of Journalists of Peru (ANP) registered 47 separate attacks – including, threats, judicial persecutions and physical assaults – against members of the press. Last year alone, 129 cases were reported,... MORE
April 25, 2014

Bomb detonates outside journalist's home in Peru

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Tuesday's attack on the home of Peruvian journalist Yofré López Sifuentes and called on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and hold the perpetrators to account. Lopez was unhurt after a bomb exploded, but his parents were injured, according to news reports. López is the founder and editor of the biweekly newspaper and website Barranca and host of the "Toque de Queda" news programme on Radio Santana in Barranca, a Pacific port city... MORE
April 15, 2014

Peruvian journalist loses eye while covering protest

Rudy Huallpa Cayo , a journalist with local television station Telecultura 7 , lost his left eye after being hit by a rubber bullet while covering a protest on April 1 in the province of Melgar, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting news reports. Huallpa was covering a demonstration by residents who were protesting the delay in finishing the construction of a local hospital. Huallpa told local reporters that when he started photographing officers launching tear gas and... MORE
April 8, 2014

Peru court gives journalist suspended jail term

Peruvian journalist César Quino Escudero was sentenced on March 21 to a six-month suspended prison sentence for defaming the governor of the northeastern state of Ancash, according to delayed news reports. Quino was also fined US$8,400 in damages and sentenced to 120 days of community service. Judge Alejandro Mena Quispe ruled that Quino had defamed Gov. César Álvarez Aguilar in a cover story in the bi-weekly magazine he edits, El Observador , which is published in the city of Chimbote. Álvarez... MORE
May 13, 2011

Peru: Amid witch-hunt before second round, candidates urged to keep press freedom promises

There is no clear front-runner in the presidential election run-off between Ollanta Humala and Keiko Fujimori that is due to take place on June 5 but, with three weeks still to go, the campaign is already having a devastating impact on Peru’s media, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The most serious case concerns César Levano , editor of the daily La Primera , and Arturo Belaúnde , the president of its board. Wreaths for both were delivered to the... MORE
May 5, 2011

Peru: Journalists resign after being pressured to stop criticising presidential candidate

Journalists Federico Rosaldo , Jesús Coa and Jorge Álvarez chose to resign from their positions at the Líder radio station on April 27, rather than comply with an order issued by the station's owner, Santiago Ortiz. Ortiz had instructed the journalists to stop criticising presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori. The incident occurred in Arequipa, southern Peru. The journalists co-presented a morning news program until, according to Coa, Ortiz phoned him to "order" them to stop referring... MORE
May 4, 2011

Peru: Journalist at odds with local authorities gunned down in northern city

Radio journalist Julio Castillo Narváez’s murder in Virú (in the northwestern department of La Libertad) on May 3 has cast a further shadow over a day that is meant to be a celebration for journalists and media all over the world, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has said. Unidentified gunmen shot him six times while he was having lunch in a restaurant. His death was very probably linked to his work as the producer of a news programme on Radio Ollantay. He had... MORE

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