May 23, 2024

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In The Thick Of It – Peru

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Protests in Peru since early December have led to the deaths of at least 48 people as demonstrators have clashed with security forces in the Andean country’s worst outbreak of violence in over 20 years. The protests began after Congress removed President Pedro Castillo, firing up anger against the elite, especially in poor rural Andean regions in Peru’s south, which had propelled him to the presidency in 2021. The unrest is also fueled by longstanding grievances about high poverty levels and discrimination felt by many in Peru’s Andean and Amazonian regions. Covering the protests has been challenging for journalists with dozens harassed and injured.

Please join the Overseas Press Club at 6:00 p.m. on March 9 for a conversation with reporters who’ve covered the developments in Peru in recent months. This is the latest installment of a new series launched by the OPC called In the Thick of It, bringing together journalists to discuss region-specific reporting challenges.

Registrants will receive a link to join via Zoom about an hour before the program on March 9. Please register early so we can be sure to email you the link before the program begins.

Panelists include:

Samantha Schmidt, Bogota bureau chief for The Washington Post.

Alexander Villegas, senior correspondent for Reuters.

Rodrigo Abd, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for The Associated Press and three-time winner of the OPC’s Best Feature Photography Award.

The moderator was Adam Jourdan, Reuters Bureau Chief, South Latin America. Adam has previous experience leading corporate news coverage in China and as an independent film director and producer.

Stay tuned for upcoming “In the Thick of It” conversations on Iran and Brazil.