News October 5, 2016 – Updated on March 16, 2017 Peru: RSF condemns disproportionate penalties in defamation cases PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Organisation PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Ronald Daniel Ormeño , the editor of the weekly Prensa al Día, was jailed on 4 September for failing to pay 10,000 soles (2,600 euros) in damages in a libel case brought by Mirtha Nancy Toledo Morales, a lawyer and administrator of a university in the city of Chimbote, over an October 2013 article.The article, for which Ormeño was also given a suspended sentence of one year in prison, accused her of management irregularities and lying about her qualifications. He was freed two weeks later, after his family and friends succeeded in raising the money to pay the damages, but he is still the subject of the suspended jail sentence. Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the scale of the damages awarded or sought in two recent defamation cases against Peruvian journalists and calls on the authorities to decriminalize media offences without delay. News News to go further Follow the news on Peru April 1, 2020 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 10, 2017 Find out more The other case concerns Milagros Rodríguez Hidalgo, a journalist based in the northern city of Tumbes who reports for the Diario Tumbes 21 newspaper and presents the “En ContactoTV” programme on La Hechicera TV.Pedro Octavio Mejía Reyes, a senior official in the Tumbes regional government, brought a defamation case against her on 12 September demanding 100,000 soles (26,000 euros) in damages in connection with her coverage in May about alleged corruption within the regional administration.As a result of her reporting, Rodríguez has also repeatedly received anonymous threatening messages and she says she has been denied access for her coverage of local government matters.“We reiterate our appeal to the Peruvian government to comply with international standards on freedom of expression by decriminalizing media offences,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The damages awarded or sought in these two cases are utterly disproportionate. The cases against Ormeño and Rodríguez are typical of the way powerful Peruvian plaintiffs, often public officials, use the justice system to censor and retaliate against journalists. This sends an extremely negative signal for media freedom in Peru.”Peru must quickly clarify its position on the criminalization of media offences in order not to continue obstructing the work of journalists.In another recent case, TV reporter and presenter Rafo León was given a suspended jail sentence on 3 May in a defamation case brought by fellow journalist Martha Meier Miró Quesada. A higher court finally quashed the sentence on 8 September. Meir Miró Quesada is appealing.And the journalist Fernando Valencia was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence on 18 April for allegedly defaming former President Alan García. This sentence was also subsequently overturned, on 9 August.Peru is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. December 4, 2019 Find out more News
Sumter Police Department(SUMTER, S.C.) — Authorities in South Carolina say they have found the remains of a 5-year-old girl, more than two months after the man suspected of slaying her mother allegedly admitted to killing the child, too.The body of Nevaeh Lashy Adams was found last Friday at a landfill near the town of Elgin, S.C., some 40 miles southwest of the city of Sumter where she lived with her mom.The Sumter Police Department announced Tuesday that DNA tests had confirmed the human remains were those of the little girl.“This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted,” Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said in a statement, “but we hope this can provide some closure to the family.”It took two weeks to prepare the landfill before authorities could begin searching. Landfill search experts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified an area where human remains and other evidence in the case would most likely be found.Then, some 400 people from more than 40 agencies searched through about 4 million pounds of material at the Waste Management-Richland County landfill for Nevaeh’s body, according to police.“The local community and the state as a whole have been profoundly impacted by this case,” Roark said. “It is our hope that the recovery of Nevaeh will provide a sense of peace to her family, the community, and the hundreds of men and women who participated in this effort.”The little girl had been missing since her mother, 29-year-old Sharee Bradley, was found dead inside their apartment in Sumter on the night of Aug. 5. Nevaeh was nowhere to be found.Daunte Maurice Johnson, 28, was arrested a short distance away from the crime scene after he was seen fleeing the neighborhood.Police said Johnson, who was an acquaintance of Bradley’s, confessed to killing both the mother and child. He also allegedly provided information that could help authorities locate Nevaeh’s body. Police then shifted their missing persons investigation for the little girl to a “recovery effort.”Johnson has been charged with their murders and was being held at the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. Police said he has a criminal record in other states and is a suspect in a Missouri homicide.“We will continue working with the 3rd Circuit Solicitor’s Office to bring this case to trial,” Roark said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.