Peru: TV journalist charged with inciting violence
27 Oct 2009

The judge of the Alto Amazonas First Mixed Tribunal has initiated criminal proceedings against Acate Geovanni, director of Radio Oriente and Channel 8 TV, alleging that his coverage of a protest by indigenous people in May incited his audience to violence and public disorder.

The incident took place in Yurimaguas in northeastern Peru during protests by indigenous communities against legislative decrees over the use of land and natural resources in the Amazonian jungle. Over 30 people were killed during the protests.

According the judge, Acate used his media outlets for political ends to cause public disorder. His lawyer believes that the case represents an attempt to criminalize the editorial stance taken by Acate. (El Comercio)

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