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Journalist threatened for investigating national director of magistrates' academy

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 10 July 2007, "El Búho" weekly newspaper journalist José Luis Márquez reported having been threatened by several people after he investigated the alleged falsification of the academic marks of the director of the country's Academy of Magistrates (Academia Nacional de la Magistratura), Percy Chocano Núñez. The Academy of Magistrates is the body responsible for the training and accreditation of all magistrates belonging to the national courts and the Public Ministry, as well as for guiding them on ethical and legal matters. The events took place in Arequipa, in southwestern Peru.

According to Márquez, on 4 July, two women who did not identify themselves approached the weekly's headquarters to threaten him about the reports. He also stated that he has received several messages threatening him with reprisals if he does not stop publishing information on the case.

The journalist has asked for protection from the city's government.

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