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June 16, 2009

Amazon radio taken off air for bogus reasons after reporting on Peruvian riots

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned as “bogus” and “dishonest” technical and official explanations given by the Ministry of Transport and Communications for banning broadcasting by the radio station La Voz de Bagua Grande in the town of the same name in Peru’s north-west. Paris-based RSF called on the government, unhappy at the media’s support for recent indigenous peoples’ demonstrations, to respect rules for the station’s approval including time limits fixed by itself. “No-body is... MORE
January 8, 2009

Unidentified men buy off newspaper copies to prevent public from learning of Peru fuel trafficking

A group of unidentified individuals bought off copies of the Perú 21 newspaper from newsstands in the district of Chosica, east of Lima, on January 3 ostensibly to stop the public from learning about allegations of fuel trafficking involving authorities and 27 police officers in the district, the Lima-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) has reported. According to journalist Elizabeth Salinas and the Secretary General of the Chosica Newspaper Seller's Association, Eladio Robles, the... MORE
January 6, 2009

IPYS files complaint against judge who sentenced journalist in Peruvian defamation case

The Lima-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) has filed a complaint before the District Magistracy Control Office (Oficina Distrital de Control de la Magistratura, ODICMA) against judge Teresa Cabrera, who sentenced journalist Magaly Medina and television producer Ney Guerrero to serve prison terms in a defamation case brought against them by football player Paolo Guerrero. The sentence, which the IPYS complaint characterises as having unjustifiable flaws, was handed down on October 16,... MORE
December 13, 2008

Peru president says jailed TV host should be freed

Peru President Alan García has indicated that he believes jailed TV presenter Magaly Medina should be released. He told a group of Medina supporters on December 10 that he thought the two months she has spent in prison were "sufficient" and that he would discuss the matter with justice minister Rosario Fernández. The host of a celebrity gossip show on privately-owned ATV, Medina has been serving a five-month jail sentence since October 16 for claiming on the air that soccer star Paolo Guerrero... MORE
November 18, 2008

Army and ministry seize equipment of Peruvian radio station after coverage of mining protests

A group of soldiers, accompanied by police agents, a prosecutor and a representative from the transport and communications ministry burst into the headquarters of a Peruvian radio station, cancelled its broadcasting signal and seized all of its equipment. The incident took place on November 12 in Tacna, southern Peru, which was declared to be in a state of emergency on November 4 after the region's residents began a violent protest against the passage of a new mining royalties law. Two army... MORE
June 18, 2008

Peru court acquits another suspect of journalist's murder despite evidence of guilt

A criminal bench of the Superior Court of Justice in Áncash on Friday last acquitted Moisés Julca Orrillo, accused of murdering journalist Antonio de la Torre Echeandía on February 14, 2004. According to the Bench's ruling, there is evidence of guilt but no conclusive proof against Julca Orrillo, therefore the presumption of his innocence had to prevail, according to Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). The hearing took place in a prison in Huaraz, the capital of the Áncash region, in... MORE
November 30, 2007

Peru: Another suspected murderer of journalist captured

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 28 November 2007, the police captured Nazario Coronel Ramírez, a.k.a. "Chamaya", the alleged perpetrator of the murder of journalist Miguel Pérez Julca, which took place in March 2007 in the city of Jaén, northeastern Peru. Coronel Ramírez was detained in Saposoa, a town in the province of Huallaga, San Martín region. After a week of surveillance, 10 policemen sent from Jaén arrested the accused and transferred him back to Jaén. It appears that Coronel Ramírez had hidden in... MORE