The Swedish Embassy in Guatemala claims that two Guatemalan TV journalists, Sylvia Gereda and Pedro Trujillo, libeled the Swedish government, the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas reported.
In question is the pair’s March 4 report for Canal Antigua, “Sweden Financing Terrorists in Guatemala.”
Canal Antigua identifies itself as a cable TV channel airing news, opinion, culture and entertainment” aired in “Antigua, and the rest of Central America, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.”
The two journalists have defended their reports saying “Nothing was invented…we do NOT lie,” according to the Knight Center.
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The embassy issued a press release about the report claiming it “lacks complete veracity,” and “does not have correct data.”
The embassy added that it found the report to have “unsubstantiated data” and “false” claims and that the journalists and network exhibited a “lack of professionalism, reliability and ethics.” The embassy added, “In essence, the two journalists are launching political diatribes only sensational and false accusations against Sweden.”
Gerada responded to the embassy’s claims, calling it “devoid of truth.”