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Radio journalist beaten by municipal employee following coverage critical of mayor

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 2 June 2008, the host of radio station Radio Uranio's programme "Hora Cero", journalist Darío Macedo Figueroa, was hit on the head by an employee of the municipality of Padre Abad, Jimmy Nelson Saldaña. The district's mayor, Tony Tang Gonzáles, has been criticized by Macedo and is in danger of being removed from office. The event took place in the main square of the town of Aguaytía, Ucayali region, southeastern Peru.

The journalist was walking out of the radio station and he fainted as a result of the act of aggression. Saldaña attempted to continue beating him but he was stopped by bystanders. He was detained by the police, but released two hours later by the district judge.

The process to revoke the mayor's mandate has divided Aguaytía's population and resulted in a number of attacks on those promoting his removal from office. IPYS condemns the attack on the journalist and asks the authorities to provide the protective measures necessary for members of the press to carry out their work.

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