Press concentration case taken to IACHR

12 September 2015

The concentration of media ownership continues to be a major issue in Peru, although the judiciary appears to be in no hurry to resolve complaints put to it following the purchase of Epensa by the El Comercio group two years ago. The journalist Rosa Maria Palacios has presented a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for the Inter-American Court to intercede. In November 2013, eight Peruvian journalists applied to a constitutional judge claiming that the Epensa purchase involved El Comercio dominating 80% of the written press and therefore flouted guarantees of press freedom. In presenting the case in Washington, Palacios claimed that the Peruvian courts had failed in their duty by not considering the case “whatever the result may be”. She claimed this to be a violation of access to justice.

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