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Graffiti insulting radio journalist appears on Iquitos town walls

(IPYS/IFEX) - On the morning of 9 July 2008, insulting messages were painted on four walls in the city of Iquitos. The graffiti was directed against Mary Pérez, a reporter for La Voz de la Selva radio station and IPYS's correspondent in the Loreto region, northeastern Peru.

Station director Oraldo Reategui told IPYS that the messages appeared a day after the station broadcast an editorial piece expressing support for a protest against the government's economic policy. The item was reported on the news programme hosted by Pérez. Reategui did not rule out the possibility that the chief of the V Eastern Military Region, Francisco Vargas Vaca, may have resorted to this type of action to silence journalists who disagree with the government.

The messages were erased by the political group Unidos por Loreto, who expressed their support for the journalist to the station and promised to clean the walls.