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"Integración" newspaper director threatened, facilities vandalised, after reporting on alleged corruption

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 8 May 2007, a group of unidentified individuals threw rocks and bottles against the facilities of "Integración", a daily based in the city of Huaraz in Peru's northwest. The attack damaged the building's windows and doors. Ten minutes later, the newspaper's director - journalist Alcides Peñarando Oropeza - received a telephone call warning him, "If you don't shut up, worse will befall you." The next day, he received a similar call.

The journalist believes the attack and the threats may be connected to an investigation the newspaper published about alleged corruption involving the mayor of Independencia district, Gregorio Mezarina Paredes.

Peñaranda has asked the Huaraz city governor's office to take steps to protect him.

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