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Radio programme cancelled following criticism of local politician

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 3 September 2007, Rusbel Ferri Castro, the owner of Sensación radio station, cancelled the "Contacto Democrático" programme, hosted by journalist Wilbert Valentín Rosado Arce. According to the journalist, the sudden closure was due to pressure exerted by supporters of Fuerza Loretana, a political party led by Iván Vásquez Valera, current president of Loreto region, who was upset by criticisms of his administration voiced on the programme. The incident occurred in the town of Requena, Loreto, northeastern Peru.

Rosado told IPYS that the station's owner asked him not to criticise the regional president's administration. However, on more than one occasion Rosado critiqued the Loreto president for having failed to complete certain works as he had promised during his election campaign, and for not sanctioning alleged acts of corruption committed by officials working under him.

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