Peru’s journalists risk sometimes very harsh reprisals when they cover social or environmental conflicts, expose cases of corruption, or investigate the infiltration of state entities by drug traffickers. The main threat to media freedom in Peru comes from the defamation laws, which often lead to journalists being threatened, intimidated or prosecuted. Journalists are particularly vulnerable if they cover drug trafficking, illegal logging or other kinds of trafficking in the remoter and more rural parts of the country. Media income and ownership are also very concentrated in Peru, especially in the print and online media, in which the El Comercio group maintains an extraordinary level of domination, both economically and in terms of influence.
85 in 2019
30.22 in 2019