- Jan 22, 2020
As Peruvian journalist Paola Ugaz faces ongoing legal threats over her reporting on a controversial Catholic lay group, both survivors and hierarchy have come to her defense, arguing that the onslaught of legal action against her amounts to “harassment” in a bid to stop her investigations.
One of America’s leading watchdog groups on behalf of journalists has spoken out against a series of criminal lawsuits against a Peruvian journalist, saying these and other similar cases are proof that the Peruvian criminal justice system is being used to target and silence reporters.
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.
Paola Ugaz, a Peruvian journalist awaiting the retraction of a criminal complaint for defamation from an archbishop, has been slapped with a second court complaint saying she provided false testimony as a witness in a recent case against a colleague.
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.