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UA 210/92 Fear for Physical Safety 23 June 1992
Gustavo GORRITI ELLENBOGEN, journalist
his wife: Esther DELGADO DE GORRITI, aged 35
and their daughters: Galia GORRITI DELGADO, aged 6
Dafna GORRITI DELGADO, aged 1
Amnesty International is concerned for the physical safety of journalist Gustavo
Gorriti Ellenbogen and his family having just received the following
According to reports, on the evening of 5 June 1992 an anonymous phone call
was made to the Gorriti household in which the caller threatened to kill Gustavo
Gorriti and his family.
At that very moment Gustavo Gorriti was speaking live on television from Channel
Two, which on the night of 4-5 June had suffered a bomb attack in which a
journalist and two other people were killed, and at least twenty wounded.
Only hours after this bomb attack Channel Two begun transmitting again,
presenting witnesses' testimonies and messages of solidarity from other
journalists. Gustavo Gorriti made a presentation in which he referred to the
role of the press in defending freedom and democracy.
On 5 April 1992 President Alberto Fujimori broadcast a surprise speech to the
nation in which he announced the immediate dissolution of Congress and stated
that the country was to be ruled by a transitional executive-led Government
of Emergency and National Reconstruction. He also announced a reform of the
Constitution, and of Congress, the judiciary and the Public Ministry, all of
which have a responsibility for investigating human rights violations.
Following the announcement the executive closed down the judiciary and the
Public Ministry for a period of four weeks. Over 120 judges and public attorneys
in Lima and Callao were dismissed from their posts.
Numerous detentions, many of them of political activists and critics of the
government, have been made in Lima and elsewhere since 5 April. In the early
hours of 6 April Gustavo Gorriti was detained at his home by members of the
Servicio de Inteligencia del Ejército, the army's intelligence service, and
taken to an army barracks where he was held incommunicado for 21 hours. He
was later transferred to the Policía Técnica, the investigative police, until
7 April when he was released without charges.