AP’s all-formats team in Peru was already prepared to cover a third impeachment attempt of President Pedro Castillo when he stunned the nation by announcing the dissolution of Congress. With help from across the Latin American region, AP moved quickly to not only cover Castillo’s subsequent ouster and arrest but also to show it through the eyes of many different Peruvians, not just those in the capital of Lima.
The team delivered timely and sweeping coverage of the latest political crisis for Peru, now on its sixth president in six years. It did so by taking customers behind the scenes, aided by an exclusive interview with a key adviser who gave insight into Castillo’s downfall. It also brought light to anger felt among the country’s poor, who said they saw Castillo face the same racism and discrimination they feel because of his background. All the while, it provided hours of live coverage and strong edits from Lima and flashpoints around the nation as violent protests raged.