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District councilor assaults journalist, accuses him of assault

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 23 October 2007, journalist Carlos Monja Timaná, of the newspaper "El Ciclón", was insulted and slapped by María Yarlaqué Chávez, councilor of the district José Leonardo Ortiz in the Lambayeque region of northern Peru. The councilor surprised the journalist while he was conducting a street interview.

According to Monja Timaná, the assault was in reaction to an article published in September 2007 alleging that the councilor participated in a governmental trip to Ecuador to which she had not been invited.

The journalist told IPYS that he went to the police station in order to file a complaint and found that the councilor had already filed one against him, accusing him of assault. The police received the reporter's account of the incident and ordered that he be examined by a doctor.

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