- Jun 2, 2020
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.
In response to complaints in recent days that his two criminal complaints against investigative journalists is an assault on the free expression of the press, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi has said that while free press is important, it is not absolute.
One of America’s leading journalism watchdog groups has said an ongoing criminal defamation case against two journalists by an archbishop is an assault on the free press and serves as an illustration of why crimes of honor belong in civil, not criminal court.
Last week served up a couple of especially juicy examples of the old wisdom, “Be careful what you wish for, for you will surely get it.”