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Two journalists in Peru fear for their lives after being filmed and photographed by stranger




Two TV journalists in Peru revealed they were photographed and filmed on June 21 near the television station Canal 15 UCV Satelital in the northern city of Trujillo, according to a statement by the Press and Society Institute (IPYS).

The journalists, Andrés Vargas and Harly Zavaleta, reported the incident to authorities, who arrested Jairo Arun Serquén and found photos of them in his camera. Serquén did not say anything and was later released.

The two journalists claimed the incident may be related to either their investigations about the diversion of resources in the construction of public works, or over their reports on corruption involving a member of the Aprista Peruano political party, whom had already threatened them with legal action.

IPYS asked Trujillo authorities to take necessary measures to protect journalists and the station against possible attacks on them.



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