Authorities investigating new threat against Colombian journalists who were previously kidnapped by guerrilla group
By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Teresa Mioli
Two Colombian reporters who were kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in May have received threatening text messages supposedly signed by the ELN, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP). Read more »
The decision of a judge in Barranquilla, Colombia to order a three-day detention for the director of newspaper El Heraldo, Marco Schwartz, and the imposition of a fine for alleged contempt of an order for rectification has generated controversy in the country. Read more »
UPDATE: Journalists under control of the ELN in Colombia are released; group says it respects freedom of expression
Update (May 31, 2016): The three Colombian journalists being held by the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) guerrilla group were released on the afternoon of Friday, May 27. Read more »
Another possible kidnapping of journalists in Colombia; Catalina Botero stresses journalists’ role in dangerous areas
The security situation for the Colombian press seems to be getting worse in the midst of peace negotiations between the government and rebel groups in the country. Read more »
The Spanish journalist Salud Hernández-Mora disappeared on Saturday May 21 at noon in the municipality of El Tarra, while investigating the eradication of illegal crops in the region of Catatumbo in the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, according to Reuters. Read more »
Attorney General of Colombia calls former intelligence agents for questioning in case of psychological torture of journalist
Four former officials of the now defunct Department of Administrative Security (DAS) in Colombia were called for questioning by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation of the threats and psychological torture of journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, according to newspaper El Espectador. [Read a brief explanation of the scandal below] Read more »
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 »
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 »