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Journalist murder haunts career of Peruvian presidential aspirant

Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, Daniel Urresti Elera--a presidential candidate for the ruling Nationalist Party--has been charged with his murder and is on trial. A CPJ special report traces the circumstances of the emblematic case and the implications of the ongoing trial in the fight against impunity in journalist murders in Peru.

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Impact   |   Egypt, India, Iraq, Peru, Saudi Arabia

CPJ Newsletter: We fight back against defamation, highlight impunity in India, and host an exhibit on Shawkan's works

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IOC creates mechanism for journalist complaints after CPJ consultation

In early August, we welcomed the creation of a press freedom complaints mechanism by the International Olympic Committee. The move followed years of advocacy with the IOC by CPJ and other rights groups to do more to hold governments that host the Olympic Games accountable for press freedom abuses.

September 1, 2016 2:00 PM ET

Alerts   |   Chile, Peru

Criminal defamation suits in Peru and Chile could have chilling effect

New York, June 3, 2016 -- Two criminal defamation suits filed against journalists by the president of Chile and a Peruvian governor could have a chilling effect on the press in both South American countries, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

June 3, 2016 2:20 PM ET

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CPJ calls on Peru to decriminalize defamation as two journalists face court

Bogotá, Colombia, April 19, 2016--A Peruvian journalist received a suspended jail sentence Monday and was ordered to pay damages to former President Alan García Pérez after being convicted of criminal defamation, according to news reports.

April 19, 2016 10:14 AM ET

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All but one country in Americas criminalize defamation

CPJ releases comparative study of criminal defamation laws in the Americas

Lima, Peru, March 2, 2016--An alarming resurgence in the use of outdated criminal defamation provisions to target critical journalists across Latin America represents a danger to freedom of expression in the region, according to a new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists and prepared for CPJ by the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, in collaboration with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The report found that 32 out of 33 countries in the Americas penalize defamation with criminal laws that are invoked to punish dissent and which create a chilling effect on the press. Jamaica is the only country in the region to have entirely repealed criminal defamation provisions.

"Despite the emerging consensus that criminal defamation laws violate international freedom of expression standards, the continued use of such provisions has deterred the aggressive reporting necessary for robust debate in a free and open society," wrote Carlos Lauría, CPJ's program director and senior program coordinator for the Americas, in the report's introduction.

International human rights instruments and a growing body of international legal opinion clearly state that defamation laws can have a chilling effect on speech by hampering the right to freedom of expression and the right to be informed.

The report found that several countries have made progress in repealing defamation laws. For example, Mexico has decriminalized defamation at the federal level and Argentina has eliminated libel and slander laws in matters of public interest, according to the report.

Lauría presented the report in Peru's capital, Lima, today during a panel discussion moderated by Juan Bellocq, legal manager with Trust Law Thomson Reuters Foundation. The participants included Catalina Botero Marino, a former OAS special rapporteur for freedom of expression, Roberto Pereira, a Peruvian constitutional lawyer and expert on freedom of expression issues with Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), and José Leandro Reaño, a partner in the law firm Rodrigo, Elias & Medrano. The event was co-sponsored by IPYS.

March 1, 2016 4:57 PM ET

Impact   |   Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Republic of Congo, Syria, Vietnam

CPJ Newsletter: A year in review

Over the past year, CPJ has documented anti-press violations all over the world, cases of journalists killed, imprisoned, abducted, or threatened in relation to their work. You can see all of our coverage at our website, www.cpj.org.

But here at CPJ Impact we also highlight those times when CPJ has stepped in and advocated for journalists under threat. This year, we made some vital gains in our fight to protect journalists and press freedom.

We know we couldn't have done this without your support. Please continue to join us in our important work.



December 26, 2015 8:30 AM ET

Blog   |   Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela

Inter-American Human Rights System, campaigns against defamation laws keep journalists from jail in Americas

When a prison guard told Ángel Santiesteban Prats that he would be released from jail on a scorching summer day in July, the Cuban independent writer and blogger decided to ignore him, brushing off the news as a cruel joke. By then, Santiesteban had already spent two years and five months in prison, half of his five-year sentence, on trumped-up charges of domestic abuse. But Santiesteban, who had been jailed in reprisal for the critical blog Los Hijos que Nadie Quiso (The Children Nobody Wanted), was unexpectedly paroled a few hours later.

Impact   |   Ethiopia, Peru, Tunisia, Turkey

CPJ newsletter: October 2015

CPJ advocacy vital in release of imprisoned journalists in Ethiopia

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October 28, 2015 11:33 AM ET

Reports   |   Peru

Peru's Urresti has eyes on presidency despite being charged in 1988 journalist murder

Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, the suspected mastermind is on trial. The man accused in the murder, Daniel Urresti Elera, plans to run for president. A special report by CPJ Andes Correspondent John Otis

This photo of Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was taken minutes before he was killed. (Caretas)

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Journalist murder haunts career of Peruvian presidential aspirant

Daniel Urresti charged in the 1988 killing of reporter Hugo Bustíos

New York, September 17, 2015--Almost 30 years after Peruvian war correspondent Hugo Bustíos Saavedra was shot dead, Daniel Urresti Elera--a presidential candidate for the ruling Nationalist Party--has been charged with his murder and is currently on trial. A new report released today by the Committee to Protect Journalists, titled "Peru's Urresti has eyes on presidency despite being charged in 1988 journalist murder," traces the circumstances of the emblematic case and the implications of the ongoing trial in the fight against impunity in journalist murders.

September 17, 2015 12:00 AM ET

Blog   |   Peru

Criminal defamation thwarts critical reporting in Ayacucho

When Wilfredo Oscorima, the governor of the southern Peruvian state of Ayacucho, was sentenced in June to five years in prison for official misconduct, independent daily La Calle viewed the ruling as vindication for its vigorous investigations into his administration.

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