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Land grabbers shoot at journalists, wound community members protecting them

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 28 June 2007, a group of land traffickers shot at several journalists in order to deter them from reporting on an unlawful invasion of agricultural lands in the community of San Julián, district of Motupe, in northwestern Peru. At the time of the attack, the reporters were being protected by several of the community's members, eight of whom were wounded. Those injured have been admitted in the district's medical facility. The community members had denounced the invasion of their lands to the media.

The attacked journalists were Sandro Chambergo, of the newspaper "Correo", Gerardo Pérez and Rafael Rojas, of the newspaper "La República", and Paola Lee and Perla Polo of América Televisión television station.

The local police pleaded lack of personnel to excuse the fact that they did not protect the journalists.

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