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Radio programme cancelled after host criticises member of congress

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 30 November 2008, the "Combate" programme broadcast by La Capullana radio station and hosted by journalist Esteban Lijap Hidalgo was cancelled in mid broadcast. The incident took place in the city of Sullana, Piura region, northern Peru.

The journalist believes the cancellation was due to his criticisms of a regional congressman, Jhony Peralta, who is the station owner's brother-in-law.

Lijap Hidalgo said that he invited Congressman José Carrasco Távara to speak on his programme on one of the days when he was talking about Peralta. After the interview, the station's manager told Lijap Hidalgo that Carrasco Távara was not welcome at the station. He was also told that a decision had been made to raise his rent by six times.

The radio station's administrator, Midiam Agurto, justified the cancellation by saying that the journalist used his programme space to advertise a new programme he has on a different station. She also said that Lijap Hildalgo was behind on his rent payments. Lijap Hidalgo denied this allegation.

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