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Chile demands the extradition of former Peru president

By Ryan Prescher

On Friday, Chile’s Supreme Court ruled that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, 69, “must be extradited to face human rights and corruption charges in Peru? CNN and the Associated Press reported in “Peru’s Fujimori to be extradited to face death squad charges?. Fujimori was president from 1990-2000. He left Peru for Japan, then Chile after a quick economic decline and allegations of two human rights crimes. Peru requested extradition when Fujimori arrived in Chile five years ago. The Chilean court approved the charges from “the 1993 death-squad killings of nine students and a professor at La Cantuta University, and the 1991 killings of 15 people at Barrios Altos, a working-class neighborhood?.

The CNN article was very information based and more than likely was created using the inverted pyramid method. It was short and contained important facts in the beginning and background information towards the end. The AP wrote the article, and it contains only one source, a Justice of the Chilean courts. The article gives full details of the court’s decision, and answers who, what, when, where, and why.

The other source for information on this topic is the New York Times article “Court Approves Extradition of Fujimori? by Simon Romero. This article is very different from the CNN article. While the story is well written, the article is beyond lengthy. First, the headline means nothing to someone who has no former history of the human rights violations. Secondly, this article contains analysis about how this decision will affect the government and economic relationship between Chile and Peru. While the article delivers the same facts, they are not all at the beginning. Many facts exist throughout the article. There are several sources listed and links to outside sources for more information. Lastly, the article goes deeply into explaining Fujimori’s history and previous human rights violations of other presidents.

Both articles present the news, but the delivery of the information is very different. The CNN article is definitely geared towards readers who just want the facts because the information is at the beginning and very concise. On the other hand, the New York Times article is targeted towards readers who want more analysis and explanation because the facts are not given right away, there is analysis, and it is much longer than most news stories.