The Institute of Press and Society (IPYS) argued that the government bill that seeks to punish justice operators with a custodial sentence of up to four years, as well as the parties involved in a criminal proceeding, is unconstitutional. He maintains that such a measure would prevent the corruption cases in which the characters of the current administration are involved from being disclosed.
“IPYS maintains that on this occasion the government intent would affect all kinds of tax investigations, which is unconstitutional. It would rather correspond to an attempt to prevent the numerous accused of the regime from being reported, ”says the statement.
In his statement, he stated that leaks should not be punished. “Not even the interested or partial ones, but those that generate demonstrable damage to the objectives of the process or the safety of those investigated,” said IPYS.
Last February, IPYS also issued a statement rejecting the bill approved by the Justice Commission of the Congress of the Republic, which raises the possibility that journalists could be sentenced to prison for reporting on the testimonies of effective collaborators. before the Prosecutor’s Office.
He underlined that the information published from the testimonials of effective collaborators comes, for the most part, from confidential sources and is of public interest.
“IPYS understands the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of investigative processes in the justice system, but the eventual punishment for the violation of said confidentiality must be directed at those who are obliged to protect it and not at the journalistic messenger,” he said in his statement.
Other organizations that also spoke were the National Association of Journalists (ANP), the Federation of Journalists of Peru, as well as the Council of the Peruvian Press (CPP).