Ricardo Uceda "was born in Chiclayo, Perú in 1953. He coursed Economics and Journalism studies. He has worked as a journalist since 1974, as a reporter, editor and editor in chief for various dailies and magazines. He directed the newsweekly Sí, and ran the El Comercio’s investigative unit. From 1994 to 2000, he directed the most important journalistic investigations in Perú’s media, investigating the existence of the military death squad known as Grupo Colina and uncovering over one million forged signatures used to sign up Fujimori’s party for the controversial 2000 national elections. In 1994 he was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists, based in New York. In 1999, he was chosen as one of the 50 Press Freedom Heroes of the past 50 Fifty Years by the International Press Institute (IPI). In 2000, Columbia University recognized his work with the Maria Moors Cabot Award. Currently, Uceda is Executive Director of Press and Society Institute."