The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, denied that he and his wife plagiarized his master’s thesisafter the university involved opened an investigation after the denunciation of a television program.
“I reject the malicious accusations about the veracity of the master’s thesis that I did more than 10 years ago at the César Vallejo University and that, based on software, they indicate that I made a copy,” Castillo said in a statement, the AFP news agency reported. .
The César Vallejo University announced that it had opened an investigation following the denunciation of the Sunday program “Panorama” of the Panamericana channel, which, based on specialized software, assured that Castillo and his wife, Lilia Paredes, they had plagiarized 54% of their thesis, in 2011.
“The thesis document presented by the journalistic program lacks legitimacy. This complaint is political in tone and is part of a destabilizing plan,” added the president.
“I have not copied or attributed third-party authorship, as they irresponsibly pretend to make the population believe,” he insisted.
Pedro Castillo and premier Anibal Torre. AP Photo
Castillo and his wife, both rural teachers, obtained with the thesis the degree of Master of Educationwith mention in Educational Psychology.
The thesis, of 121 pages, is entitled “Gender equity and significant learning in the area of social personnel in the students of the IV cycle of the educational institution No. 10465 Puña, Tacabamba, Chota”, the zone of the northern region of Cajamarca where the couple lived.
“The theoretical framework consists of 26 pages and all 26 were copied”depending on the program.
The César Vallejo University said that its Council decided to “appoint a commission to evaluate the aforementioned research work.”
Accusations of plagiarism in the South American country are not new.
Two of Castillo’s ministers are accused of plagiarism in their theses. Several bills from various political parties – including a recent one from the government to consult the population if they want a new constitution – have also been mentioned as containing plagiarism.
In 2009, a local court sentenced the writer Alfredo Bryce Echenique to pay a fine for plagiarizing 16 newspaper articles by 15 different authors.
For Castillo, this complaint has a clear “political tint” and is part of “of a destabilizing plan”.
Lilia Paredes before the inauguration of Pedro Castillo. AP Photo
“It is worrying that freedom of the press and expression lends itself to private and anti-democratic interests, building journalistic narratives with the aim of generating political instability for this government and, consequently, for the country’s governability,” he denounced.
Along the same lines, he equated “these journalistic practices outside of objectivity with truth and ethics” to those of the “dark stage” of the journalism of the 90s when editorial lines and covers were “negotiated”, alluding to the government of former President Alberto Fujimori.
The 52-year-old president, in power for nine months, faces fierce opposition and frequent criticism from leaders of the radical right, who promoted two “presidential vacancy” motions(removal) against him.
“Vacancy” motions became customary in Peru and caused the fall of the presidents Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in 2018 and Martín Vizcarra in 2020, which keeps the country mired in instability.
Source: AP and Télam