Peru: President Garcia promises IPS to revise closure of La Voz de Bagua radio station

Isabel Guerra

Peruvian President Alan Garcia promised he would order a revision of the process that closed Radio La Voz de Bagua, after receiving a delegation from the Interamerican Press Association (IPS) that is visiting Peru.

The delegation is currently in Peru on a official visit, supervising the situation of freedom of press in this country.

After the meeting at the Government Palace, the IPS Vice President Gonzalo Marroquín told the press that Garcia “will revise the administrative process” that closed La Voz de Bagua radio.

The radio was closed on June 8, 2009, alleging that it had been inciting to violence during the indigenous protests in Bagua where 24 police officers and 10 civilians died.

Marroquin added that President Garcia promised to “respect freedom of press and freedom of expression.”

La Voz de Bagua was awarded with the Guardian Journalism 2010 Award for its informative work during one of the most severe crisis during Garcia’s government.

The Inter American Press Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression and of the press throughout the Americas.

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