Nineteen prominent Peruvian journalists entered the third day of a hunger strike on Thursday (5 April) to protest the government's closure of ten independent political publications.
GV PAN Hunger strikers
SV Strikers lying down (2 shots)
SV Protestors talking, sleeping and playing chess (3 shots)
GV INTERIOR Congress Building
GV INTERIOR Carlos Caceres, member of the Constituent Assembly who is also on strike being interviewed (4 shots)
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Background: Nineteen prominent Peruvian journalists entered the third day of a hunger strike on Thursday (5 April) to protest the government's closure of ten independent political publications. More journalists are expected to join the movement, which is now of major political importance. The eleventh of November is the tentative date set for the general elections to end more than a decade of military rule. Members of the Constituent Assembly have said they will stage a mass fast next Tuesday (10 April), when West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt is due to address the hundred-member body.
SYNOPSIS: Ten of the hunger strikers are editors of the banned publications, which range politically from far-right to extreme left. Many of the Peruvian mass circulation newspapers and magazines still being published are either government controlled or gagged. Genaro Ledesma, leader of the far left Workers, Students, Peasants and People's Front (DOCEP), said the mass fast during Chancellor Schmidt's visit would be a show of solidarity with the journalists. While the military government continues to ignore the protests, some thirty left-wing delegates, ranging from moderate socialists to Trotskyites, continued to boycott the Constituent Assembly's debates on the draft of Peru's new constitution.
Senor Carlos Caceres, a member of the Peruvian Assembly, himself a full-fledged journalist and members of the Journalist Federation of Peru, is one of the strikers. He said .... that the country was in a state of haemorrhage, and that journalists, who are in positions of service to the people, must maintain their principles. And that is why he said, I had decided to take the hunger strike to the end. Senor Caceres said the strikers were asking the military government to allow all the banned publications to re-open.