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A Peruvian judge points a gun at a reporter: journalists are increasingly under attack simply for practicing their profession.
A Peruvian judge points a gun at a reporter: journalists are increasingly under attack simply for practicing their profession.
Peruvian journalists are being censored, stabbed, beaten unconscious, and threatened with prison terms, for covering corruption, for criticising local politicians, and for shedding light on protests and social injustice, report the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) and the Observatorio Latinoamericano para la Libertad de Expresión (OLA).

Journalist Geovanni Acate, director of Radio Televisión Oriente in Yurimaguas, Loreto region, is facing a 10-year prison term for reporting on protests that took place in the region in 2009. The journalist is being accused of "crimes against public peace", among other allegations. Other journalists have also been charged after reporting on local protests.

On 8 April, Radio La Mega's manager ended a programme directed and hosted by journalists Javier Arnao and Freddy Guevara for being critical of the local mayor's administration in the city of Ica.

The day before, journalist Orlando Rucana Cuba, editor of "La Revista" newspaper and director of the news programme "ITN", was attacked by police and security guards in Huaraz. Rucana Cuba was filming a group of municipal police and security guards as they evicted street vendors from the area.

On 31 March, journalist Ronald Escobar Alegría, director of the radio programme "Vox Populi", was stabbed by a municipal employee for reporting on corruption involving the local mayor, in Urubamba, Cusco region.

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