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Journalist resigns following pressure not to investigate mayor's conduct

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 25 August 2007, journalist Carolina Arredondo Vilar resigned from her position at Amazónica deTelevisión - Channel 2. She had been pressured by the station's directors to stop investigating alleged irregularities committed by Maynas mayor Salomón Abensur Díaz. Arredondo was the host of the "Hablemos Claro" programme, broadcast in the region of Loreto, northeastern Peru.

According to the journalist, the pressure stems from the fact that the Maynas town council is one of the station's main advertisers. In July, Arredondo had reported to IPYS that she was being pressured, although later added that the harassment had ceased. She went on holiday at the end of that month. When she returned, she was informed that she could no longer host the programme but only work as a reporter.

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