Peru / Americas

Journalists attacked in Peru since 1992

  

Peruvian court convicts author, publication director on defamation charges for book on politician

Bogotá, January 13, 2022 – Peruvian authorities should not contest journalist Christopher Acosta and Penguin Random House Peru director Jerónimo Pimentel’s appeal of a recent criminal defamation conviction and should stop using criminal defamation laws against members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 10, a criminal court judge in…

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Peruvian journalist receives threatening messages, demands to stop reporting on local officials

Bogotá, December 9, 2021 – Peruvian authorities must thoroughly investigate death threats against journalist Jairo Roque Gómez and hold the perpetrators to account, and local officials should refrain from using the country’s outdated defamation laws to threaten reporters, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 1, Roque, editor of the independent Diario Hechicera…

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A press freedom crisis unfolds in Latin America

As the number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work climbs to record highs, cases of those behind bars in Latin America remained relatively low. A total of six – three in Cuba, two in Nicaragua and one in Brazil – were in custody for their work as of December 1, according to the Committee…

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Peru opens criminal investigation into Ojo Público’s Ernesto Cabral over corruption reporting

Bogotá, November 12, 2021 – Peruvian authorities should immediately drop their criminal investigation of journalist Ernesto Cabral and allow him and the Ojo Público team to work free of harassment, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 9, Ojo Público, a Lima-based news website, reported that government prosecutors are seeking an order to…

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Peruvian journalist Carlos Yofré López convicted in one criminal defamation case, on trial in another

Bogotá, August 31, 2021 – Peruvian authorities should drop criminal defamation charges against journalist Carlos Yofré López and prosecutors should not contest López’s appeal of his conviction in a separate criminal defamation case, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Both cases allege criminal defamation due to the journalist’s investigative work. In one case, López,…

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In five Latin American countries, COVID-19 responses restrict press freedom, CPJ, TrustLaw find

In Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, and Peru, emergency measures in response to COVID-19 restricted the media’s capacity to report freely and the public’s ability to access information, including critical information about public health interventions and the pandemic itself, a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists and Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw program found. The report,…

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Supporters of Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo harass, assault 2 journalists covering rally

Miami, May 25, 2021 – Peruvian authorities must investigate the recent attack on journalists Stefanie Medina and Carlos Brown, and guarantee that the press can cover election events safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On May 19, at about 5:15 p.m., a group of people at a rally in support of presidential candidate…

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Peruvian authorities threaten to seize documents from Ojo Público on corruption reporting

Bogotá, May 5, 2021 – Peruvian authorities should cease their attempts to seize documents from Ojo Público, and should respect the right of the press to have confidential sources, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On April 5, Peruvian public prosecutor Yovana Mori García sent 13 petitions to Ojo Público, an independent investigative news…

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Peruvian journalist Roberto Sánchez’s car firebombed

Bogotá, April 19, 2020 – Peruvian authorities should thoroughly investigate the arson attack on the vehicle of journalist Roberto Sánchez Mamani, hold the perpetrators to account, and ensure that members of the press can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At about 5:40 a.m. on April 14, in the southern Peruvian city…

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Peruvian journalist Carlos Alberto Tafur receives death threat after reporting on local corruption

Bogotá, April 6, 2021 – Peruvian authorities must swiftly and thoroughly investigate the death threat received by journalist Carlos Alberto Tafur and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 29, an unidentified man sent a voice message to Tafur, host of the daily “Señal Informativa Digital” news and…

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