Freedom House Condemns Attack on Peruvian Journalist Salcedo

Freedom House condemns the attack on Peruvian journalist Juan Carlos Yaya Salcedo after he exposed government irregularities in the municipal of Nuevo Imperial through his reporting, and calls for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding his attack and for authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Salcedo was shot on February 6 as he was headed to work at local radio station Radio Max, where he hosts hour-long news program, Sin Escape. He is being treated for gunshot wounds to his left thigh at a local hospital. Although Salcedo claims to have never received threats, he acknowledged that the shooting was likely linked to his recent reporting on corruption.

Salcedo’s attack is not a singular occurrence. While the country was rated Free in Freedom House’s 2012 press freedom survey, there were 136 registered attacks against journalists in 2012 alone, including attacks on journalists covering protests between anti-mining protesters and police in Cajamarca in June 2012. The same month, two journalists were sentenced to prison for criminal defamation after publishing an article linking the family members of the former Ministry of Interior to the Sanchez Paredes family, who have alleged ties to drug trafficking and money laundering.

Freedom House condemns attacks on members of the press in Peru and calls on authorities to respect the right to free expression, and for the government to take concrete steps to prevent further violence against journalists.

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Freedom in the World 2012: Peru

Freedom of the Press 2012: Peru

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