Journalists risk prison for criticising politicians

Article published in Svenska dagbladet
3 May 2016
By Jorge Riveros Cayo
Photos: Yayo Lopez

In Peru it’s become clear that a democratic regime doesn’t automatically mean protection of press freedom. Two court cases show how old laws against criminal slander is used to punish critical journalists.

In April Fernando Valencia, journalist and former editor of the daily newspaper Diario 16, was sentenced to a 20 months provisory prison sentence and a 100 000 soles (£23 500) fine to Peru’s former President Alan Carcía. García sued Valencia for slander for a headline in 2013.

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