Peru / Americas


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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Police officers are seen in Lima, Peru, on March 19, 2019. Journalist Jimmy Alejandro Castillo Gamarra was recently assaulted in the town of San Marcos, in northern Peru. (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo)

Peruvian journalist Jimmy Castillo assaulted by local government employee

Bogotá, February 27, 2020 — Peruvian authorities should investigate the assault of journalist Jimmy Alejandro Castillo Gamarra and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police are seen in Lima, Peru, on October 1, 2019. Two journalists recently requested police protection after receiving threats and being surveilled. (Reuters/Guadalupe Pardo)

Peruvian journalists threatened, surveilled over coverage of politician

Two Peruvian journalists have sought police protection after one received a death threat and the other said her home was being spied upon, according to news reports.

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A man reads a newspaper at a market in Lima, in September 2018. A Peru court has ordered assets for Ojo Público and two journalists to be frozen. (Reuters/Mariana Bazo)

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

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 to Protect Journalists today called on…

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Friends and family carry the coffin of Peru's former president, Alan Garcia, who killed himself on April 17, in Lima, Peru, on April 19, 2019. Some government officials have blamed Peruvian investigative journalists for his suicide, and engaged in a harassment campaign. (Reuters/Janine Costa)

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

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 Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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This photo of Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was taken minutes before he was killed. Daniel Urresti Elera has been on trial for his alleged role in the murder. (Caretas)

Peru mayoral candidate Daniel Urresti acquitted of Hugo Bustíos murder

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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