Son of Peruvian Journalist Arrested in United States Denounces Persecution - español
Lima, June 29 (Prensa Latina) – Waldo Mariscal, the oldest son of the Peruvian-U.S. journalist, Vicky Peláez, arrested and accused of espionage in the United States, is convinced that his mother is a victim of political persecution.
This was reported on Manuel Avendaño’s radio program in Lima. Avendaño is a journalist for the Spanish daily La Prensa in New York, a colleague of Peláez, who said he was surprised by the capture of his colleague.
According to the journalistic versions known in Lima, the well-known veteran journalist was arrested and accused in the evening of working for Russian intelligence.
Avendaño said that Mariscal considers the accusation to be an act of political persecution and an attempt to silence the column that she writes in La Prensa.
“As far as he’s concerned, this has to do with a conspiracy and a political persecution and attempt to silence her column, since she has been a constant critic of the U.S. government,” said Avendaño.
The journalist indicated that Vicky Peláez’s columns for La Prensa – critical of U.S. warmongering, economic policy, and the neoliberal system – were followed with great interest by readers.
The situation in which Peláez finds herself, arrested along with her husband Juan Lázaro, was also commented upon by veteran Lima journalist Mónica Chang, who was a colleague of hers at Channel 2 on Peruvian television in the 1980’s.
Chang expressed surprise about the arrest of her colleague and friend and believes that the charges against her are exaggerated, while indicating the fact that Peláez has been practicing critical journalism in New York, where she resides, for more than 20 years.
She recalled that the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) kidnapped Peláez and cameraman Percy Raborg, in order to have them make statements.
Veteran journalists state that after this incident, the journalist was a target of the security apparatus in Peru and emigrated practically in exile to the United States.
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