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Peru Journalist Gets Deportation Order

September 20, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

Immigration officials handed a deportation order to a Peruvian journalist whose investigations have angered the government, but the reporter insisted that he will remain in Panama. International human rights groups have supported Gustavo Gorriti, who has been fighting to remain in Panama since Aug. 28, when the government refused to renew his work visa. The government says the order is based on a law that jobs should be filled by Panamanians where possible. Gorriti says it was politically motivated. Gorriti, 49, fled Peru in 1992 because of political persecution and came to Panama last year. He has since investigated money laundering by powerful banks and a drug smuggler's $51,000 campaign contribution to the president.

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