Pedro Castillo: they reject attacks on the press during the president's speech

Pedro Castillo: they reject attacks on the press during the president's speech

Journalistic unions warn that, in his speech in Congress, the president sought to hold the media responsible for the cases that surround him.

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    Pedro Castillo gave his message to the Nation this 28th of July in Congress. Photo: jorge.cerdan/@photo.gec

    In line with his attitudes and the speech he made in front of the media in his first year in office, President Pedro Castillo criticized the press during his presentation to Congress this Thursday.

    These remarks were rejected by representatives of journalistic associations consulted by El Comercio, who warned of an attempt to position the press as its main adversary and to hold it responsible for its investigations in the Public Ministry.

    Pedro Castillo described as “fake news” the accusations linked to the cases of alleged corruption for which he and his entourage are investigated. This, despite the fact that in the inquiries reported by the press, the charges come from people who were close to him, such as his former secretary Bruno Pacheco and his former minister Mariano González, or from businessmen who visited the Government Palace, such as Zamir Villaverde and Karelim Lopez; as well as the theses of the tax investigations.

    Pedro Castillo: rejects attacks on the press during the president's speech

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    “The media, determined to destabilize the government, are not interested in spreading the achievements. Only lies and false news about Pedro Castillo, […] accused of corruption without any proof, are broadcast. They are going to get tired of looking for evidence because they are not going to find it,” said the president.

    He also accused the press of misinforming and not reporting what he considers to be the achievements of his administration. “It does not matter that those who should also inform, have hidden and ignore our achievements and dedicate themselves to defame and lie, accusing us without any proof […] The media, for the most part, have taken care that we remain uninformed. Is information on economic growth spread?” he said.


    Adriana León, director of the Information Freedoms area of ​​the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), linked this attack by the president to an attempt to minimize his investigations in the prosecution. In addition, she pointed out that the president is demanding a role from the press that does not correspond to him, something that the authorities usually incur.

     Pedro Castillo: they reject attacks on the press during the president's speech

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    “The role of the press is to monitor public management. It will be the citizens who decide, say or vote as they want. It is not the role of the press to highlight the achievements of a president or an official, that is what communication offices exist for,” he commented.

    The consequence, he pointed out, is that if the authority does not like how a medium reports, it puts obstacles in its work. “What is worrying, too, is this systematic discourse that the press is orchestrating lies because it has an interest. It is a mechanism of attempted violation of freedom of expression […] a stigmatizing speech that harms the reporter”, he warned.

    In a In its pronouncement, the National Association of Journalists (ANP) stressed that the job of the press is to investigate and document the complaints against officials, and that “it does democracy a disservice that a message to the Nation includes the story that ' the media only tell lies.'” Along the same lines, the Association of Journalists of Lima manifested itself.

    Zuliana Lainez, president of the ANP, questioned whether the president wants to “set the tone for journalism on what to report and what not to report, and to make it responsible for the investigations.”

    “Energetically devoting a good part of the speech [for July 28] to the press hurts. Journalism has to continue doing its job, with rigor and adherence to the truth,” he declared.

    Lainez also pointed out that if he wants to talk about his achievements, Castillo should -as the main spokesman for his government- give interviews to the media