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 city of Pucallpa, was initiated after he denounced corruption in the local government before the Oversight Committee of Congress. The journalist, who said he would appeal, deemed the sentence “political and judicial persecution”.