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Journalist assaulted by regional president's advisor

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 11 November 2008, Raúl Palacios Rivas, a journalist for the "Diario de Chimbote" newspaper, was struck by Jorge Burgos Guanilo, the personal adviser to Ancash's regional president. At the time of the incident, Palacios Rivas was covering the arrival of Ministers' Council President Yehude Simon, at the Chimbote airport in northwestern Peru.

Palacios Rivas told IPYS that Burgos Guanilo butted him in the face with his head as the journalist was taking pictures of him giving orders to regional government employees, when that is not his job.

The journalist filed a complaint at the Nuevo Chimbote police station.

Burgos Guanilo told IPYS that he reacted violently towards Palacios Rivas because the journalist was photographing him and threatened him.

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