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Journalist receives death threat in Huancabamba

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 10 July 2008, journalist Guillermo Guevara, host of the "Contacto Informativo" programme broadcast by La Voz del Rondero radio station, received a telephoned death threat as he was commenting during his programme on a protest that a group of farmers had staged in front of another radio station, Radio Centinela, the day before. The farmers were protesting against comments made by Radio Centinela journalist Dubert Maureola, accusing him of misinforming the public. The incident took place in the town of Huancabamba, Piura region.

Guevara told IPYS that a woman's voice informed him that he would be killed when she found him. The journalist intends to file a complaint with city officials.

Guevara had also been assaulted by a female member of the Segunda and Cajas United Front (Frente de Unidad de Segunda y Cajas) on 8 March. Days before that attack, the journalist had reported on a confrontation between community members opposing mining activities in the area and Segunda and Cajas United Front leaders, who support it. The mining operations have caused significant conflict in the region.

IPYS calls on the authorities to be alert to a possible attack on the journalist.

For further information on the March 2008 attack on Guevara, see: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/91602

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