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Colombian Supreme Court sues journalist for publishing critical opinions, warns another

On Thursday, Aug. 23, the Colombian Supreme Court announced a libel lawsuit against a journalist, and criticized commentaries published by another journalist, reported the newspaper El Tiempo and the magazine Semana. The court was upset over the columns that questioned and criticized some of the court's decisions. Read more »


Colombian guerrilla group frees journalist after 20 days of captivity

On Monday, Aug. 13, the Red Cross International Committee reported that the National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish) freed the journalist and engineer kidnapped by the guerrilla group on July 24. The victims were turned in to a humanitarian commission. Read more »


Colombian journalist injured after explosive attack near community radio

On the night of Friday, Aug. 3, a Colombian journalist was injured after an attack with explosives near the community radio station where she worked in Saravena, a town in Arauca, on the Venezuelan border, reported the news agency EFE, and the newspaper El Tiempo. According to Caracol radio, those responsible for the attack are allegedly members of the National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish), and the attack had targeted police. Read more »


Video shows kidnapped Colombian journalist alive

A video showing evidence that kidnapped Colombian journalist Elida Parra Alfonso is alive was broadcast on on Wednesday, August 1, on the national TV channel, Canal Caracol, according to Reporters Without Borders. The journalist, along with engineer Gina Paola Uribe, were kidnapped more than a week ago by the National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish). Read more »


Colombian guerrilla group claims responsibility for kidnapping of journalist

The National Liberation Army (ELN in Spanish) of Colombia claimed to have kidnapped journalist Elida Parra Alfonso, who, along with an engineer, went missing on Tuesday, July 24, in the department of Arauca, in northeastern Colombia, according to Reporters Without Borders. The guerrilla group sent a note on Monday, July 30, to the house of Parra Alfonso saying that it was holding the journalist captive. Read more »


Colombian journalist allegedly kidnapped by guerrilla group

A Colombian journalist went missing mid-day Tuesday, July 24, after being held by members of an illegally armed group in the department of Arauca, located in northeast Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, reported the Colombian Federation of Journalists. Read more »


Colombian journalist threatened after investigating ties between paramilitary, local political groups

A Colombian journalist received a threatening phone call with the sounds of automatic weapons being fired while music played in the background, reported Reporters Without Borders. The threat came as the journalist was finishing a report about paramilitaries in the Boyacá Department, located in the center of Colombia. Read more »


Colombian police attack journalist, erase information from his camera and cell phone

Police attacked a Colombian journalist who was trying to cover a bank robbery in the city of Barranquilla, in northern Colombia, reported the newspaper El Espectador. Read more »


Colombian radio journalist demands respect for his profession after being attacked while reporting

A Colombian radio journalist was hit in the face while trying to report about citizen complaints in the tax office of the Gobernación de Bolívar in Cartagena, Colombia, reported the newspaper El Universal. Read more »


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