- May 26, 2020
Just seven months after the close of one of the highest profile criminal cases involving the Catholic Church in Peru, the prosecution lawyer has published a book accusing the defendant and his legal representation of using media to spin the facts of the case and sway public and judicial opinion.
Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz, who has faced a series of legal battles over the past 18 months linked to her reporting on a controversial lay movement, has now launched an inquiry into a court she says brought charges against her that were unfounded.
Peruvian Cardinal Ricardo Barreto Jimeno has said recent scandals upsetting the local church, including revelations of sexual abuse within a prominent lay group and a very public case of an archbishop launching criminal complaints against two journalists, have been harmful to Catholics.
The lawyer representing a Peruvian archbishop who last month withdrew criminal complaints against two journalists has clarified that a delay in dropping the second case is due to a procedural issue, not because they are backtracking on the decision.
Although freedom of the press may be abused, that doesn’t mean the concept isn’t critically important.
After yesterday’s decision to withdraw his legal complaint against Peruvian journalist Pedro Salinas, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi of Piura has decided to retract a second complaint against journalist Paola Ugaz on grounds that the cases disrupted the unity of the local church.