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Correspondent for Japanese newspaper receives death threats; news crew assaulted by football player's bodyguards

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 June 2008, journalist José Juárez, correspondent in Peru for the Japanese newspaper "The Seikyo Press", informed IPYS that on 22 and 24 June he received two death threats on his mobile phone.

The journalist told IPYS that he does not know who is behind the threats, nor their motives.

Juárez reported the incident to IPYS in an effort to discourage any future attacks on him or his family. He also filed a complaint with the police.

In a separate case, on 26 June six bodyguards working for football player Jefferson Farfán assaulted a Panamericana Televisión news crew that was attempting to record the player's youngest child's baptism, in the district of La Molina, Lima.

Reporter Juan Carlos Gambini said that the attack took place when the bodyguards saw camera operator Juan Tarazona taping the arrival of the guests. Gambini attempted to defend his colleague, but was hit in the face. The bodyguards snatched the video recorder, which was broken in the ensuing tussle. The camera was taken into the football player's home.

A few minutes later, Tarazona went to the house to ask for it back. He was told that the video recorder would be replaced but that the video would be confiscated.

The journalists filed a complaint at La Molina police station.

The player's lawyer, Manuel García, apologised for the assault but insisted that the guards reacted violently because the news crew had invaded Farfán's privacy.

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