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Prosecutor threatens to sue "La Primera" newspaper editor over article on child custody case

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 28 March 2008, Robin Hood Ipanaque Hidalgo, editor of the newspaper "La Primera de Huaraz", was threatened with a lawsuit by prosecutor Juana Liduvina Cabrera Espinoza after the newspaper published an article quoting a woman's complaint that the prosecutor had acted against the woman's best interests during the court case concerning the custody of her underage child. Cabrera Espinoza is the prosecutor for the Mixed Provincial Prosecutor's Office (Fiscalía Provincial Mixta) in Pomobamba, Ancash region, northwestern Peru.

According to Ipanaque Hidalgo, the prosecutor phoned the newspaper and accused him of defamation.

Since the newspaper merely quoted the complaint made by a citizen who was duly identified, IPYS considers the threatened lawsuit to be groundless and therefore a violation of freedom of expression. The prosecutor has the option to request that the newspaper print her response to the citizen's allegation.

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