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Judge allows mayor's defamation complaint against journalists to proceed

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 6 August 2007, Judge David Beraun Sánchez, of the First Bench of Huánuco's Superior Court of Justice, decided to admit a complaint against journalist Lenia Zevallos Pascal, political affairs editor of "Correo" newspaper, and the newspaper's general editor, Héctor Mayhuire Rodríguez. They were both accused of defamation by Huánuco's mayor, Jesús Giles Alipazaga. Huánuco is located in central Peru.

The complaint is based on an article published on 25 July in which the mayor's excessive self-promotion in local activities is described with colloquial expressions.

The mayor has also accused Zevallos of "usurping functions" because she does not belong to the journalists' association. There is no law stipulating that this is a requirement to practise journalism in the country.

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