Peru's ex-president Fujimori gets out of jail via Twitter, YouTube
LIMA, Peru (AP) - Incarcerated for authorising death squads and corruption, former President Alberto Fujimori is not permitted to give interviews or make public statements.
Yet he has 10,000 Twitter followers three weeks after opening an account, and he has used YouTube three times to make short audio statements, setting off a media sensation in Peru as he rallies supporters and trades barbs with political foes.
The legal loophole that let Fujimori go online has unnerved Peru's justice minister, and government lawyers are hustling to come up with legislation that adapts, for the self-broadcasting Internet age, laws that let prison authorities restrict inmates' speech.
Like other prisoners, Fujimori is not allowed to have a computer or a cellphone, but he does have access to a public phone on the police base outside Lima where he is held. So he delivers tweets and recorded messages to supporters over the pay phone - and they post them online.