Caretas, the leading newsweekly magazine in Perú, has a shocking photograph on its February 18 cover: a local judge aiming a gun at one of the publication’s reporters. Photojournalist Carlos Saavedra was on a stakeout trying to photograph Judge Raúl Rosales Mora when the incident occurred on February 13, according to CPJ interviews and local news reports.
The magazine was working on a story about a controversial decision by Rosales, who had recently favored the appointment of a polemical judge to the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, the Peruvian press reported.
Rosales was leaving home in his car in the
The judge’s version of the facts, told in the Lima-based
Comercio, is a bit different. Rosales said he pointed the gun because
he had mistaken the reporter for a thief. The judge justified his decision by
saying that crime in
Saavedra told CPJ that he was holding his camera the whole time: “He couldn’t have thought I was someone else because my camera was the only thing I had in my hands,” Saavedra said.
Neither side plans to file charges, the local press reported.