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Journalists attacked in Peru since 1992


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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Peruvian presidential candidate files trademark complaint against journalist and Penguin Random House

Bogotá, March 18, 2021 – Peruvian authorities should dismiss the trademark complaint filed by César Acuña Peralta against journalist Christopher Acosta and Penguin Random House, and should not interfere with the distribution of Acosta’s book, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 11, Acuña, a former mayor, governor, and congressman who is running…

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Peruvian congressional candidate files criminal defamation suit against 2 journalists over coverage of sexual harassment allegations

Bogotá, March 8, 2021 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a criminal defamation lawsuit filed against Peruvian journalists Graciela Tiburcio and Luciana Távara, and called on Peru to reform its laws to drop criminal penalties for speech. On February 25, Victor Hugo Quijada, a Peruvian congressional candidate, filed a criminal defamation lawsuit against…

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Peruvian journalist Erick Osores convicted of criminal defamation, given 1-year suspended prison term

On January 14, 2021, a Peruvian criminal court convicted journalist Erick Iván Osores Patiño of defamation and sentenced him to a one-year suspended prison term, according to news reports and Osores, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app. Osores, a sports reporter for the Lima-based TV stations América Televisión and Canal N, told CPJ that…

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At least 35 journalists injured covering anti-government protests in Peru

Bogotá, November 16, 2020 – Peruvian authorities should ensure that journalists can cover protests safely, and thoroughly investigate attacks on the press by demonstrators and police officers alike, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police officers attacked members of the press with tear gas, pellets, and other ordnance while they were covering protests following…

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Peruvian police raid offices of television and radio outlets in Ica, confiscate equipment

Bogotá, November 3, 2020 – Peruvian authorities must immediately allow local news outlets Cadena Sur and Radio La Mega to resume broadcasting, and return any materials confiscated during the raid of the outlets and of Radio Sistema, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On October 27, police officers in the southern Peruvian city of Ica raided the Cadena Sur TV…

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Investigative journalist Paola Ugaz faces criminal defamation suit in Peru

New York, September 22, 2020 — Peruvian authorities must stop the campaign of legal harassment against journalist Paola Ugaz and take steps to reform the country’s criminal defamation laws, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Ninth Criminal Court of Lima held the first hearing in a criminal defamation trial for Ugaz, an…

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A family is seen in Lima, Peru, on April 23, 2020. Peruvian cartoonist Carlos Tovar Samanez recently received death threats for his work. (AP/Rodrigo Abd)

Peruvian political cartoonist Carlos Tovar Samanez receives death threats

On April 21, 2020, Carlos Tovar Samanez published a cartoon lampooning Alan García, a former Peruvian president who committed suicide last year.

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Police are seen in Lima, Peru, on October 1, 2019. Journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán recently went missing in Peru. (AFP/Cris Bournoncle)

Journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán missing in Peru

Bogotá, February 28, 2020 — Peruvian authorities must do everything possible to locate journalist Daysi Lizeth Mina Huamán and conduct a full and transparent investigation into her disappearance, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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