Reporter attacked by followers of Peru Libre: "They kicked me in the back"

Lima, May 19, 2021Updated on 05/19/2021 10:13 pm

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A group of supporters of Free Peru on Wednesday attacked journalists who were covering the activities of the presidential candidate Pedro Castillo in Ayacucho.

The attacks came after Castillo stated that he would reveal how much those who host television programs earn and who pays them, reported Canal N reporter Stefanie Medina in dialogue with El Comercio.

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The first attacks were registered in Huamanga, Ayacucho, where Castillo carried out proselytizing activities.

“There he said that he had information about the salaries that television presenters earn and that he would see when he will reveal it. At that moment, people began to insult us. Then, in the last activity he had, the master of ceremonies began to say: ‘Jam press’, […] and again they began to insult us. A man kicked me in the back, and my cameraman, Carlos Brown, was attacked with a stick “, Medina said.

The reporter said that after the attacks, journalists from various media got into a state security van to get to safety.

Medina posted images on his Twitter account, where a group of Peru Libre supporters is seen persecuting and insulting journalists.

“The candidate [Castillo] he started talking about the media and polls. That’s when they start yelling at us again. […] Then he left, people started chasing us, and we climbed into the hopper of a state security van. We were journalists from different media. We didn’t know what would happen if they caught up with us or if one of us fell out of the hopper ”, he said.

The Press and Society Institute (Ipys) rejected the attacks against the press and warned that freedom of information is being violated. In addition, he called on the candidates to avoid inciting their supporters with hate speech against the media, “since they directly harm the information work of reporters and journalists dedicated to electoral coverage.”

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