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Colombian Program to Protect Journalists celebrates 15 years amid many worries

Second entry in a series of posts about mechanism of protection for journalists in Latin America. Read here about the mechanism in Mexico.

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FLIP launches 'wiki' about mechanisms of protection for journalists in Colombia and Mexico

As part of the campaign ‘Journalism at Risk’ (‘Periodismo en Riesgo’), the Free Press Foundation (FLIP for its acronym in Spanish) has launched the J-Pro project, which seeks to explain and evaluate the policies established by the governments of Colombia and Mexico for protection of journalists at risk. Read more »


Colombian journalist accused of defamation claims editors were at fault

Colombian journalist Juan Esteban Mejia must respond before the law after being charged by the Attorney General with defamation (injuria) on June 16, La F.M. radio reported.  

However, Mejia insists that he is being charged because of an editing error and not his own mistake, FM radio added. Read more »


For the first time, Colombian Justice condemns the entire “criminal network” in a journalist murder case

Former Colombian legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the mastermind of the 2002 murder of La Patria deputy editor Orlando Sierra who was killed because of his work. Read more »


Suspect in killing of pregnant Venezuelan journalist returned from Colombia

The suspect in the March 2014 killing of pregnant journalist Adriana Urquiola is back in Venezuela after having fled to Colombia.

Colombian authorities delivered Yonny Bolívar to Venezuela on June 18 after he was captured by Interpol Colombia and police in Barranquilla, Colombia on June 11. Read more »


Protests follow the release of ex paramilitary accused of kidnapping Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya


Update (June 5, 2015) : The Attorney General of Colombia, Eduardo Montealegre, ordered the recapture of former paramilitary Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, alias 'JJ', linked to the kidnapping, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima, reported Semana. Read more »


Progress for freedom of the press in Colombia after conviction for illegal wiretapping of journalists and opposition members

The conviction that the Supreme Court of Colombia issued against the former director of the defunct Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), María del Pilar Hurtado, and former Secretary General of the Presidency in the administration of Álvaro Uribe, Bernardo Moreno Villegas, implies a breakthrough in the investigation of cases related to violations of freedom of the press in the country, according to some organizations. Read more »


Two murders in a month raise concerns about safety of journalists in Colombia

The assassination of two Colombian journalists in less than one month has again alarmed the country’s press, which has not forgotten the darker years when – due to drug trafficking and other criminal groups – the number of journalists killed because of their work was high. Read more »


Op-ed on homosexuality costs Colombian columnist his job


By: Carola Guerrero De León

Feb. 17 was a day like any other for Yohir Akerman, former columnist for El Colombiano, until he discovered – while flipping through the pages of the paper – that he had been fired. The reason: claiming that “god was wrong” to reject homosexuality in the Bible in one of his columns.  Read more »



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