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Journalist told of soldier's possible plan for vengeance, asks for protection measures

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 June 2008, La Voz de la Selva radio station journalist Genaro Alvarado Tuesta asked the local government for measures to be taken to protect him after finding out from a military source that soldier Héctor Apaza may be planning to take revenge against him. On 17 June, the journalist had entered the military hospital with Apaza's authorisation, in order to interview a private who was attacked by alleged members of Colombia's FARC guerrillas. The Army discovered that Apaza had allowed the journalist in and punished Apaza with six days in confinement, which would be the motive for the alleged plan for revenge. The incident took place in Iquitos, Loreto region, in northeastern Peru.

The hospital guards found Alvarado Tuesta in the hospital as he was interviewing the wounded soldier and detained him for several hours.

Alvarado Tuesta told IPYS that a non-commissioned officer, whose identity he prefers not to reveal, recommended that he be careful, as there has been talk among the soldiers about possible retaliation against the journalist.

The journalist's attorney, Rita Ruck, told IPYS that she will request that the police include this incident in the file on the case.

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