Archive for October, 2010

Peru judge hits local blogger with 3 year prison sentence, first of kind in Peru

Peruvian blogger Jose Alejandro Godoy has been sentenced to three years in prison, 120 days of social work and ordered to pay a fine of 350,000 soles ($125,580) for defamation, the first of its kind against a blogger in Peru. Godoy’s defense said it would appeal the decision by Judge […]

Environmental health officials plan Marañón water tests

Peru’s environmental health office Digesa will take water tests at the Marañón river with the Loreto’s regional health office Diresa to test for contamination from an oil spill caused last June, state news agency Andina reported. The agencies are scheduled to take the samples on Nov. 15 and transport them […]

Indigenous protesters lift Marañón river blockade

Residents in Peru’s Loreto department have lifted a blockade in the Marañón river in protest of Argentinean oil company Pluspetrol’s response to an oil spill earlier this year, Radioprogramas reported. Indigenous residents began the protests this week by blocking traffic on the river. They argued that Pluspetrol had not fulfilled […]

INEI: Youth poverty down 13.7 percent from 2004-2009

Youth poverty in Peru’s regions has fallen by 13.7 percent from 2004-2009, state news agency Andina reported a study by national statistics and technology bureau INEI. The study looked at the average income, monthly expenses and basic necessities that go unmet for men and women between 15-29 years old.