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Peru: Journalist’s defamation conviction overturned

A Peruvian appeals court has overturned a criminal defamation conviction against a journalist who reported on local corruption. The court found that the decision against radio journalist Teobaldo Meléndez Fachín contained “substantial errors” in the earlier conviction. The journalist was given a three year suspended sentence and a fine of around

Peru: Mob vandalises newspaper office

The newsroom of a Peruvian newspaper was attacked by a mob in the early hours of Thursday morning (1 December). The offices of El Sol de los Andes in Huancayo were attacked following a series of reports in the paper linking criminal gangs to police officers. The mob, who caused significant

Peru: Drunken congressman attacks journalists

The security guards of a Peruvian congressman have been involved in attack on two journalists. Carlos Chávez Galdós and Leucario Madera Guardaluna, from TV stations Compañía de TV Cuzqueña and Canal 47 de Cuzco, were attacked outside a nightclub in Cuzco, southern Peru, after they suprised Congressman Rubén Coa Aguilar while he was drunk.

Peru: Journalists sentenced to house arrest for defamation

Two Peruvian journalists accused of defamation were last week sentenced to two years in prison, although on suspended sentences which involve house arrest and paying a civil fine of $11,000 USD. Fritz Du Bois, editor of the newspaper Perú 21, and Gessler Ojeda, Perú 21 correspondent in the city of Arequipa,

Peru: TV journalist dies after attack by gunman

Television journalist Pedro Alfonso Flores Silva died in hospital yesterday from gunshot wounds sustained in an attack on Tuesday. While riding home on his motorcycle, Flores Silva, 36, was intercepted by a taxi and shot in the abdomen by a hooded assailant. Flores Silva ran and hosted a news programme,

Peru: TV news director jailed after denouncing corruption

Peruvian journalist César Gonzáles has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay damages for the crime of “general misrepresentation of the State”. The case against Gonzáles, who directs and hosts a current affairs programme 60 Minute News on television channel UTV Canal 19 in the eastern

Mario Vargas Llosa: The obligation of a writer

Mario Vargas Llosa: The obligation of a writer

Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the Nobel prize in Literature 2010, explains in an article first published in Index on Censorship in 1978 why Latin America's writers became the most reliable interpreters of political reality

Index award winner wins radio licence fight

Carlos Flores, winner of the Index on Censorship and Guardian award for Journalism has won his fight to have his radio licence returned. Flores’ radio station, Radio La Voz, was closed by the Peruvian government for allegedly inciting violence in Bagua Grande in June 2009, when indigenous groups and villagers

Peru: Award winning radio journalist snubbed by government

Carlos Flores Borja, winner of the Guardian Journalism award at this year’s Index on Censorship Free Expression Awards Ceremony, has been told that he will not be allowed relaunch of Amazonian community radio station Radio La Voz de Bagua, in spite of promises from President Alan García. Carlos Flores Borja,

Radio La Voz accepts Index Free Expression Award

Radio La Voz accepts Index Free Expression Award

Peruvian community radio activists honoured in Lima. Ángel García Català reports

World Press Freedom Day: Local Hero

Carlos Flores Borja, winner of an Index on Censorship Award, reports from Peru on how his radio station was closed down for reporting a government massacre, and his subsequent fight for justice

Peru: radio director facing 10 years in prison

Geovanni Acate, director of Radio Televisión Oriente, is facing a 10-year prison sentence after being charged with disrupting public tranquility and instigating the public to commit the crime of rebellion. Geovanni Acate, as Radio La Voz and other radio stations in the region, has been persecuted after reporting on the

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