Crowds attack journalists as tensions heighten in buildup to Peru’s presidential vote
A group of nearly 100 individuals attacked a car driven by journalist Jaime Althaus, who works for the El Comercio-owned Canal N TV, Peru.com reports.
El Comercio, which is said to support Fujimori, reports that the mob surrounded the car and hit and shook it, while yelling that his station had "sold" its editorial line.
In similar incident against the press, Peru.com says that journalists from Radio Programas del Perú (RPP) were intercepted by a mob that surrounded their car and chanted: “Yellow press, report the truth!”
In this increasingly tense climate, five journalists have reportedly been fired or resigned due to pressure to favor Fujimori. The first round of voting took place April 10, and the runoff between Humala and Fujimori is scheduled for June 5.
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