January 24, 2018
Mr. Thilo Kunzemann & Mr. Dirk Hensel
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting freedom of expression in the Americas, expresses our support of reporter Hans-Peter Firbas, who claims he is a victim of censorship by public authorities in your country.
The situation involves reports on public television Deutsche Welle about the pardon granted to former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori by current President Pedro Pablo Kucynski.
Firbas, a member of our group since 1981 and who has German-Peruvian citizenship, explained that - after denouncing more than a month ago what he considered biased information management by Deutsche Welle - his blog and the YouTube channel were censored.
Both services were no rehabilitated, however, to this day retaliation continues for denouncing as an infringement on the judicial regime of the media of Germany, an arbitrary procedure on a subject of international public interest.
IAPA observes with uneasiness the coincidence of the reported reprisal. In the interest of clarifying whether there was a possible violation of Mr. Firbas' rights to freedom of speech and press freedom, we would be grateful for an expedited investigation. Kindly inform us of the results.
Roberto Rock L.
President of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information
Inter American Press Association
Cc. Heiko Maas