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Paola Ugaz သည် ပီရူးနိုင်ငံမှ သတင်းစာဆရာ၊ အယ်ဒီတာနှင့် စာရေးဆရာမ တစ်ဦးဖြစ်သည်။ “Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana” အမည်ရသော ဘာသာရေးအဖွဲ့အစည်းအတွင်း အကျင့်ပျက်ခြစားမှုများ၊ ရုပ်ပိုင်းဆိုင်ရာ၊ စိတ်ပိုင်းဆိုင်ရာနှင့် လိင်ပိုင်းဆိုင်ရာအလွဲသုံးစားမှုများကို စုံစမ်းစစ်ဆေးမှုများကြောင့် သူမသည် ၂၀၁၀ ခုနှစ်မှစ၍ ခြိမ်းခြောက်ံခံရခြင်းများ၊ အသရေဖျက်မှုဆိုင်ရာတရားစွဲဆိုခံရခြင်းများနှင့် ရင်ဆိုင်နေရသည်။ ထို့အပြင် ၂၀၁၅ ခုနှစ်တွင် Mitad monjes, mitad soldados (Half Monks, Half Soldiers) (Planeta, 2015), ဟူသောစာအုပ်ထုတ်ဝေခဲ့ခြင်းကြောင့် လည်းကောင်း၊ ယခု ၂၀၂၀ ပြည့်နှစ်တွင် Al Jazeera မှထုတ်လွှင့်သော “The Sodalitium Scandal” အမည်ရှိမှတ်တမ်းရုပ်ရှင်တွင် သူမ၏ စက္ကန့် ၄၀ ကြာ ကြေညာချက်ကြောင့်လည်းကောင်း ထပ်မံ တရားစွဲဆိုခြင်းခံရနိုင်ဖွယ် ရှိနေပါသည်။ ထို့ကြောင့် PEN International မှ ပီရူး စာနယ်ဇင်းသမား Paola Ugaz အားတရားစွဲဆိုခြင်း၊ ခြိမ်းခြောက်ခြင်းနှင့် ဥပဒေအရနှောက်ယှက်ခြင်းတို့သည် သူမ၏လွတ်လပ်စွာရေးသားထုတ်ဖော်ပြောဆိုခွင့်နှင့် သူမ၏ နိုင်ငံသားနှင့်နိုင်ငံရေးအခွင့်အရေးများကို ချိုးဖောက်နေသည်ဟုယူဆသည်။

Paola Ugaz is a Peruvian investigative journalist, editor and writer. She is facing a campaign of legal harassment, threats, and defamation lawsuits due to her investigations into acts of corruption, as well as physical, psychological and sexual abuse within the Peruvian religious organization Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana, which she has been investigating since 2010.In 2015, Pedro Salinas and Paola Ugaz published the book Mitad monjes, mitad soldados (Half Monks, Half Soldiers) (Planeta, 2015), which uncovered the biggest scandal within a Catholic organization in Peru. Ugaz began to receive complaints and lawsuits following the announcement she was publishing a new book (still to be published) about the group’s financial management.Ugaz faces at least five legal proceedings for the publication of her book and investigative journalism. On 2 October 2020, she received a death threat on her Instagram account. On 27 October 2020 a new hearing was held, in which the judge decided to open a judicial process against her for aggravated defamation. The trial stems from a complaint filed by Luciano Revoredo Rojas, a former congressional candidate and director of the conservative Catholic news and commentary website La Abeja. Revoredo wrote that he was involved with the organization in the 1980s. La Abeja has published many articles defending Sodalicio de Vida Cristiana. If convicted, Paola Ugaz could face a three-year prison sentence and heavy fines, as established under the Criminal Code of Perú.On 12 November 2020, a judge will decide whether to open a further lawsuit, filed by ‘Sodalicio’ worker Carlos Alberto Gomez de la Torre Pretell, who has sued Ugaz for defamation following her participation in a 40-second statement, broadcast by Al Jazeera in a documentary titled “The Sodalitium Scandal.”At the same time, Ugaz has been the target of a smear and disinformation campaigns for her work as a journalist where, without any evidence, she is linked to alleged criminal networks, money laundering, uranium and plutonium trading, among other charges. It has also published private data about her children, who are minors, and her colleague Pedro Salinas, co-author of the book.PEN International considers that the charges, threats and legal harassment against journalist Paola Ugaz are violating her right to freedom of expression, as well as her civil and political rights. PEN calls on the Peruvian authorities to cease immediately the legal harassment Ugaz faces for her work as a journalist. PEN demands that the authorities dismiss all charges against Ugaz, and requests that they place her under immediate protection.
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