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Mayor's assistant threatens to kill journalist and his family for critical reporting on city's administration

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 January 2007, Mayor José Lomparte's personal assistant, Yutaca Cadota, threatened to kill journalist Antonio Asalde Lluen, director of "El Guerrero" newspaper, based in the northwestern city of Casma, when Cadota was walking in Casma's Plaza de Armas square.

According to Lluen, Cadota threatened to kill him and his family for his reporting on irregularities in the mayor's administration of the city. The journalist has published a series of reports questioning the appointment of a public employee to the Casma municipal administration who is not qualified for the position.

Lluen filed a complaint about the incident with the police and asked that he and his family be protected.

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