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Man accused of being mastermind behind 2011 murder of Dominican journalist has been arrested in Colombia

Matías Avelino Castro of the Dominican Republic, alleged mastermind behind the murder of Dominican journalist José Agustín Silvestre in 2011, was arrested on April 3 in Bogotá, Colombia, reported Colonel Juan Carlos Gómez, chief of Interpol Colombia, according to AFP. Read more »


Journalists and social leaders receive death threats in southwestern Colombia

Once more, Colombian authorities are investigating threats against journalists and social leaders distributed via pamphlets and signed with the name of a criminal group.

On March 28, an email with a pamphlet attached was sent to 25 addresses, including those of many journalists from local and national media outlets in the state of Cauca in southwest Colombia. It was signed by “Águilas Negras.” Read more »


UPDATE: After 15 years, second ex-paramilitary fighter sentenced for crimes against Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya

UPDATE (3/21/16): A former Colombian paramilitary fighter accused in the May 2000 kidnap, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Mario Jaimes Mejía, known as 'El Panadero,' accepted charges against him on Feb. 2. He was sentenced on March 18.

This is the second sentencing in the case. Read more »


Prosecutor in Colombia considers 1999 assassination of journalist a “crime of the state”

Almost 17 years after the murder of Colombian journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, one of the country’s head prosecutors finally identified the killing as a crime of the state due to the participation of members of the Army and the defunct department of intelligence (known as DAS) along with a criminal organization. Read more »


Colombian newspaper El Espectador marks 129 years with campaign for forgiveness

For El Espectador’s 129th anniversary and in anticipation of the signing of a long-anticipated peace accord between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Colombian newspaper is asking readers whom they will forgive.

For the greater part of the last century, Colombians have lived with fighting and violence between state security forces, leftist guerrillas, drug cartels, criminal gangs and paramilitaries. Innocent people were often caught in the middle of these conflicts or were direct targets. Read more »


IWMF fellows head to Colombia and Mexico-U.S. border as part of Adelante initiative

The first group of fellows for the Adelante initiative from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) have been selected and are preparing for trips to Colombia and the Mexico-U.S. border.

As part of the two-week long trips, six journalists will go to the Mexico-U.S. border to report on economic development and the human impact of migration. Another group of six journalists will cover rural and economic development in Colombia.

Mexico – U.S. Border Fellows Read more »


"Peace in the headlines, fear in the newsroom:” FLIP report about increased attacks on press freedom in Colombia

The Colombian media may have never talked so much about peace as they did in 2015, when the government and the FARC guerrilla advanced in negotitions to end the armed conflict of more than 50 years. However, this has not translated into decreased attakcs on the press in the country. Read more »


CPJ's list of the deadliest countries for journalists in 2015 includes Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala

Deadly violence against journalists in Latin America has continued to grow this year, with four countries from the region making the Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) list of deadliest countries for journalists in 2015. Read more »


In light of new case of alleged illegal wiretapping of journalists in Colombia, president announces investigation

Six years after the 'chuzadas', or illegal wiretapping, of journalists in Colombia scandalized the country, their ghosts reappeared. In recent weeks, information about alleged corruption and abuse within the National Police has been revealed, including the monitoring and unlawful interception of journalists’ communications. Read more »



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