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La Voz de la Selva radio station journalist receiving constant death threats from army members

(AMARC/IFEX) - Genaro Alvarado Tuesta, a journalist with La Voz de la Selva radio station, reports that he has recently been receiving constant death threats from members of the army. He has asked the authorities in Iquitos to take measures to protect him.

On 16 June 2008, the journalist was detained for 20 minutes by army officers in the Santa Rosa military hospital in the city of Iquitos, Maynas province, when he was interviewing soldier Freddy Huayunga Vela, who had been wounded in a confrontation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, FARC). ( See AMARC's statement, in Spanish only: http://legislaciones.item.org.uy/index?q=node/653 )

"What's happening is that the soldiers and the officer in charge of the guards that allowed me into the hospital have been harshly punished, and put in the stockade. That's what we've been told. They are the ones who have sworn that they are going to look for me once the press has forgotten about the case, that's to say, in two months. Anything that happens to me will be their responsibility," Alvarado Tuesta told "Crónica Viva" newspaper and a national radio organisation, the Coordinadora Nacional de Radio (CNR).

Updates the Alvarado Tuesta case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/95030

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