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IPYS condemns change in law that classifies national security information in Peru

​The Institute for Press and Society, IPYS, described a recent change in the legislative decree that regulates the National Defense System as a "serious attack" on the right to access information, freedom of expression and transparency. Read more »


Journalist working for human rights commission in Peru is threatened and extorted

A Peruvian journalist working in the area of human rights received two phone calls with death threats and an envelope with four bullets on Oct. 4, according to the Press and Society Institute, or IPYS. The relatives of Rosario Huayanca Zapata, who works for the Human Rights Commission of Ica (in the south-central region of the country), received the phone calls, while the envelope was found at her work. Read more »


Peruvian Congress seeks to criminalize "irregular" Internet use after journalist arrested for e-mail hacking

The case of Peruvian journalist Rudy Palma, who served two months in jail for hacking into the e-mail of government officials, has started a national debate in the South American country over how to regulate information technology without threatening other liberties, according to the newspaper La República. Read more »


Peruvian authorities confiscate copies of magazine accused of supporting armed group Shining Path

The Peruvian prosecutor's office raided a bookstore on Aug. 24 in Lima and confiscated copies of a magazine accused of advocating for the armed Peruvian group Shining Path, according to the news portal Terra. Read more »


Advocates argue information crimes bills threaten freedom of expression in Peru

Troubled by the introduction of bills that would create information crimes in Peru, the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish) and several other international organizations penned an open letter to the Peruvian Congress regarding the right to freedom of information, reported the newspaper Perú21 on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Read more »


Peruvian journalist detained eight hours for filming police injustice

A Peruvian journalist was detained for eight hours for filming police officers turning television sets off in the Plaza de Armas in the city of Celendín in northern Peru, while people were trying to watch Ollanta Humala's presidential message on Saturday, July 28, reported the newspaper La República. Read more »


Peruvian Supreme Court reduces sentences for death squad members guilty of killing journalist in 1992

A chamber of the Peruvian Supreme Court decided to reduce the sentences of many members of the death squad, known as Grupo Colina that was active during the 90s in Peru, nullifying sentences for crimes against humanity in several cases, including the killing of journalist Pedro Yauri, reported the news outlet BBC Mundo. Read more »


Arrested Peruvian journalist freed after nearly three months in prison

On Tuesday, July 10, Peruvian journalist Rudy Palma was released from prison where he was held for two-and-a-half months after allegedly illegally hacking into the emails of public officials, reported the newspaper Perú21. Read more »


Numerous Peruvian journalists attacked in just two days

Numerous journalists in Peru have been attacked in recent days. On Wednesday, July 4, police attacked at least five journalists who were covering the state of emergency declared in the region of Cajamarca, in the northern part of the country, where violent anti-mining strikes persist, reported the Press and Society Institute. Read more »



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