Press group owner threatened by individuals close to President Toledo

first_imgNews PeruAmericas Organisation Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable RSF_en Reporters without borders expressed concern over reports that Moisés Wolfenson, owner of an opposition press group, was threatened with imprisonment byindividuals close to President Alejandro Toledo if he refused to modify hisnewspapers’ editorial line in favour of the current government. “If confirmed, these practices would be a sad reminder of those in force during the presidency of Alberto Fujimori, when he threatened legal sanctions against the directors of television networks that criticised his management,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general.In a letter to President Toledo, Reporters without borders called for an inquiry into the authenticity of the threats and for the perpetrators to be punished.According to information obtained by Reporters without borders, on 22 June 2002, Radio 11.60, an all-news radio station in Lima, revealed that Wolfenson was allegedly threatened by individuals linked to President Toledo during a meeting. Theradio station broadcast an extract of a recording of a conversation, tapedby anti-corruption police without the knowledge of the parties involved, inwhich one can hear Salomón Lerner, head of a public financial organisation,threaten Wolfenson with imprisonment if he refuses to modify hispublications’ editorial line in favour of the government. Wolfenson hasconfirmed the recording’s content. He is the owner of the dailies ElChino, El Men, Todo Sport and La Razón, a newspaper close to theopposition party of ex-president Alan García (leftist). Accused of receivingbribes from Vladimiro Montesinos, the former intelligence chief duringPresident Fujimori’s regime, Wolfenson has been subject to house arrest forthe last month. News Help by sharing this information June 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press group owner threatened by individuals close to President Toledo Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Receive email alertscenter_img News April 1, 2020 Find out more PeruAmericas December 4, 2019 Find out more to go further News Follow the news on Peru February 10, 2017 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reportinglast_img

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