(CNN Español) – The Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) denounced in a statement Thursday that Peruvian President Pedro Castillo has “limited press coverage of official activities.”
Since Castillo took office, the press has not been allowed to enter his official activities.
This Thursday, Castillo participated in an inauguration in which he was recognized as the head of the armed forces and the national police. For this activity, the media was informed that transmission will only be on the state channel. Meanwhile, journalists were forced to stay outside the event as police put up “barriers at all entrances,” according to the institute’s statement.
For other official activities, such as those of ministers, the presence of the media was allowed.
For its part, the National Radio and Television Association raised the same claim this week and demanded that the new president allow access to the information.
Castillo did not comment on the complaints of these press organizations. CNN has contacted the presidency and has yet to receive a response.
They deplore the lack of transparency
A few days ago, the Peruvian Press Council criticized Pedro Castillo for not carrying out his activities as President from the Government Palace. Castillo was sending from his home without giving details of his meetings, which according to Peruvian law limits the transparency of power.
Section 16 of Law 28024 in the section on Recording Online Visits and Official Agendas states that the President and other public officials must schedule and notify meetings held outside the corporate premises.
The General Secretariat for Press and Strategic Communications said in a statement that until the new headquarters of the Presidential Office is determined, Castillo will carry out the inauguration work at the Government Palace.
Among Castillo’s announcements in his first speech as president on July 28, he said that he would not use the Government Palace, also known as Casa de Pizarro, and that he would move to the Ministry of Culture.
Jimena de la Quintana contributed to this report.
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