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Editor of "Investigando" convicted, fined for allegedly defaming businessman

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 22 May 2007, journalist Rocío Vásquez Goicochea, editor of the Chombote-based weekly newspaper "Investigando", was given a one-year suspended sentence and ordered to pay 3000 soles (approx. US$900) as civil reparation to businessman Samuel Dyer Ampudia by Lima's Fifth Criminal Court, for the crime of aggravated slander. Vásquez, however, has filed an appeal with the Superior Court of Justice.

The journalist was sued by Dyer in March 2005 after she implicated him in alleged acts of corruption in the fishing business in Chimbote, a port in northwestern Peru. Vásquez's reports, however, were supported by documents and rulings that backed her accusation.

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