Attacks on the Press
President Alberto K. Fujimori continued his efforts to suppress critical reporting in a year that ended with the long-anticipated announcement that he would seek a third five-year term, a move widely considered unconstitutional. The Fujimori government's systematic campaign to discredit Peru's independent press earned him a place on CPJ's list of the top 10 enemies of the press.
CPJ has characterized the Fujimori government as an "infotatorship," in which power is maintained through the control of information. Government intelligence agencies have used assassination plots, death threats, wiretapping, surveillance, and smear tactics to harass and threaten journalists, often forcing them into exile.