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Although placed on the list on 29 October 2000, Peru was removed after an IPI Board Meeting of 26 January 2001
At the Board Meeting of the International Press Institute (IPI), held in Zurich, Switzerland, on 29 October, the Executive Board Members unanimously agreed to add Peru to†the Watch List.
The inclusion of Peru on the "IPI Watch List" comes at a time when, despite the promised dismantling of the National Intelligence Service, the sacking of its chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, and the announcement of new elections in which President Alberto Fujimoro has said he will not stand, the independent media have little reason to feel optimistic. Opposition leaders accuse Fujimoriís government of stalling negotiations on democratic reform; in particular, on the issue of dismantling the presidential commissions which manipulate Peruís judicial system.
At the Board Meeting of the International Press Institute (IPI), held in New Delhi, India, on 26 January, the Executive Board Members unanimously agreed to remove Peru from the Watch List.
At the meeting it was decided that Peru should be removed from the "IPI Watch List". Examples of progress since President Albert Fujimori left office include the return to Peru of Baruch Ivcher who was stripped of his citizenship and TV station, Frecuencia Latina, during the previous administration in retribution for the stationís critical reports on alleged government corruption and political persecution. Furthermore, forty-five journalists who had been wrongly detained under Fujimori's rule have now been released. The cases of another five journalists serving sentences ranging from 12 to 20 years imprisonment are now reportedly under review by the new Ministry of Justice's National Human Rights Council. In some cases, people who testified against the journalists later retracted their testimony. There were also allegations of torture and forced confessions.
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