Peruvian journalist detained eight hours for filming police injustice
3 de agosto de 2012 Deja un comentario
The event was reported through Twitter by activist Marco Arana, and by @celendín_libre, reporting that blogger and journalist Jorge Chávez Ortiz, from the northern city of Cajamarca, was transferred to the city of Chiclayo after his arrest, reported La República, and Perú21.
According to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS in Spanish), Chávez Ortiz annoyed the city police because he reported on his blog Mi Mina Corrupta (My Corrupt Mine) about several excesses that were committed, since November 2011, against inhabitants and journalists who opposed the mining project Conga.
Lately, the conflict involving the mining project Conga in Cajamarca has caused intense violence, and led to journalists’ arrests. Several other protests in Peru also caused problems for journalists while they tried to cover the events. IPYS also reported on Tuesday, July 24, that two journalists were attacked by police officers while covering police violence during the strike of the Unique Union of Education Workers in the region of Lambayeque, in the northeastern part of the country. The attacked journalists are Luis Heredia Gonzáles, reporter for the news outlet El Digital, whose camera was also damaged, and Walter Ortiz, journalist for the newspaper La República.