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Peruvian judge orders assets freeze for Ojo Público, 2 journalists in defamation case

April 29, 2019 1:22 PM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 29, 2019-- A Peruvian court has ordered assets belonging to the independent news website Ojo Público, its executive director Óscar Castilla, and La República investigative reporter Edmundo Cruz, to be frozen while a criminal defamation complaint against them is heard, according to news reports. The Committee...

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In Peru, journalist Gustavo Gorriti, other media blamed for ex-president's suicide

April 22, 2019 6:11 PM ET

New York, April 22, 2019 - Peruvian authorities should immediately take action to ensure the safety of journalists at news website IDL-Reporteros, and officials should refrain from making inflammatory statements blaming the outlet and its director, Gustavo Gorriti, for the suicide last week of former President Alan García, the...

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Peru mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti acquitted of Hugo Bustíos murder

October 4, 2018 9:13 PM ET

Medellín, October 4, 2018--Peru's National Criminal Chamber today acquitted former interior minister and current mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti of murder charges for the 1988 killing of war correspondent Hugo Bustíos, according to news reports. A lawyer for the Bustíos family said they would appeal, the reports said....

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CPJ calls for Peru to stop harassing news outlets over investigative reporting

July 17, 2018 3:02 PM ET

New York, July 17, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Peruvian authorities to end their harassment of two news outlets. A government body issued summonses to the directors of news website IDL-Reporteros and the TV program "Panorama," and the public prosecutor and police went to the offices...

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Attackers set fire to car of Peruvian radio journalist

January 12, 2018 6:37 PM ET

Unidentified attackers set fire to a car belonging to radio journalist Juan Berríos Jiménez in Iberia, a town in the Madre de Dios region along Peru's border with Brazil and Bolivia, according to news reports....

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Journalist facing charges in Ecuador files for asylum in Peru

April 18, 2017 4:52 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--Ecuadoran journalist Fernando Villavicencio, director of the news website Focus Ecuador and a critic of outgoing President Rafael Correa, today filed a petition for political asylum in Lima, Peru. A statement from the regional press group Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) said the journalist, who fled...

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Assailants try to cut out Peruvian journalist's tongue

February 8, 2017 3:48 PM ET

New York, February 8, 2017--Peruvian authorities should swiftly bring to justice all those responsible for a brutal attack against broadcast journalist Marco Bonifacio Sánchez, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Unidentified assailants tried to cut off the journalist's tongue as he walked home in the northern Peruvian town of...

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CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

September edition IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments...

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Criminal defamation suits in Peru and Chile could have chilling effect

June 3, 2016 2:20 PM ET

New York, June 3, 2016 -- Two criminal defamation suits filed against journalists by the president of Chile and a Peruvian governor could have a chilling effect on the press in both South American countries, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on Peru to decriminalize defamation as two journalists face court

April 19, 2016 10:14 AM ET

Bogotá, Colombia, April 19, 2016--A Peruvian journalist received a suspended jail sentence Monday and was ordered to pay damages to former President Alan García Pérez after being convicted of criminal defamation, according to news reports....

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