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When it comes to attacks on the media, radio journalists were the most frequent targets of aggression in 2008 in Peru, says the Institute of Press and Society (IPYS) in a new report.

The radio station La Voz de la Selva radio station in the Loreto region suffered the most attacks in 2008. Its director, journalist Mary Pérez, received death threats on three occasions for investigating corruption cases.

IPYS also voiced concern about the number of violations against journalists that were committed by government officials and municipal authorities. According to the report, IPYS registered 106 alerts about attacks against journalists, of which 27 complaints were against public servants.

The controversial acquittal of Moisés Julca Orillo, who was accused of killing journalist Antonio de la Torre in February 2004, represented an unfortunate move against media freedom. In June 2008, the Ancash Superior Court of Justice ruled that there were indications but no solid proof that Julca Orillo was guilty of the crime. IPYS has taken the case to the Inter American Court of Human Rights.

IPYS is also contesting two sentences handed down to journalists last year. The 16 October prison sentence given to journalist Magaly Medina and television producer Ney Guerrero had "unjustifiable flaws," said IPYS, and "could become a dangerous precedent in rulings against other journalists." In the second case, the publisher of the weekly "El Búho de Arequipa" was penalised for expressing her opinion.

Read the report here:

(14 January 2009)

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