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Journalist assaulted by former police instructor following article exposing improper hiring

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 16 June 2008, Marco Antonio Díaz Ruiz, editor of the daily newspaper "Pro&Contra", was assaulted in the street by Carlos Inuma Figueroa. The journalist had recently written an article about alleged improprieties in the hiring of Inuma Figueroa as a teacher in the national police academy. The incident occurred in Iquitos, in the Loreto region of northeastern Peru.

After the newspaper expose, it was confirmed that Inuma Figueroa had been hired because of his friendship with one of the school's former directors and Inuma Figueroa was removed from his position.

Díaz Ruiz told IPYS that he was riding his motorcycle when Inuma Figueroa surprised him from behind, pulling him off the vehicle and punching him in the face and body. The timely intervention of neighbors caused the assailant to flee.

The journalist filed a complaint about the attack with local police.

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