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78% of Peruvians Believe Pedro Castillo Undermining Free Press

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50 % of the Peruvian population feels “concern” about the government of communist Pedro Castillo, while 78 % already consider that the president maintains an “inadequate” relationship with the press, despite the short time he has been in power, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday by the newspaper El Comercio.

The study, carried out by the private company Ipsos, indicated that the Administration of Pedro Castillo, who took the reins of the Executive last July 28, generates “concern” to half of the Peruvians, compared to 35% who feel “hope”, 11% “joy” and 8% “anger.”

To a lesser extent, 7% of those surveyed said that they are “indifferent” to the new Government, while 6% said they have “mixed feelings” and 5% “pride.

The Ipsos poll also showed that 78 % of the population considers that the relationship of the communist president with the press is “inadequate” and that he “does not communicate enough” with the media.

In this sense, 74 % believe that Pedro Castillo “should periodically give press conferences and attend interviews, in addition to messages and statements in official activities.”

Meanwhile, 19% said that the president’s communication with the press should be “only through messages and statements in official activities”.

A little over a week before his first month as head of state, Castillo has not yet given an interview as president to any national media, although last weekend he held a meeting with representatives and directors of different media of the country.

This meeting, according to the president through Twitter, served to “promote respect for the right to information.”

During the first week of his administration, Castillo was the target of criticism for the lack of transparency in his agenda, as he did not have a fixed office with a record of visits and meetings, after he announced in his inauguration speech that he would not be dispatching from the Government Palace because he wanted to turn that building into a national museum.

For several days, Castillo’s work headquarters was the same house where he lived during the electoral campaign, a building located in the populous district of Breña, where the president held several key meetings to form his first Council of Ministers, with journalists stationed in the surroundings as the only control to know who enters and who leaves the president’s operations center.

After the criticisms, the President agreed to work in the Government Palace, at least until he finds the space where to install his office.

According to the technical sheet of the Ipsos study, the survey was carried out between August 12 and 13 to 1,200 people throughout the country, with a margin of error of 2.8 % and a confidence level of 95 %.

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