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Journalist held by demonstrators

(IPYS/IFEX) - Edixer Rivera Guerrero, director of the "La Voz del Pueblo" programme, broadcast on the Super Sensación radio station, filed a complaint saying that he was detained by a group of people and held for 5 hours on 9 January 2011. The assailants are members of the Front for the Defense of the municipality of Chirinos. The incident took place in San Ignacio, department of Cajamarca, in northern Peru.

According to the journalist, he was forced out of a municipal building by a group of women who then took him to the town hall's entrance where the group had been protesting for 12 days. Once there, Rivera was insulted and hit, and was held for five hours. The assailants also took his video recorder and tapes.

The journalist said that he did not understand what led to the incident, especially as he had offered the demonstrators a chance to appear on his programme several times so that they could express their demands. The protestors have accused the journalist of photographing them and filming them.

Rivera has filed a complaint with the Public Prosecutor's office against the leaders of the group that detained him. He was able to identify Amalia Samaniego as one of the assailants.

IPYS demands that the San Ignacio authorities carry out a thorough investigation of the incident, in support of the free and legitimate exercise of journalism.

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