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Topic “Colombia”

Colombian journalist who witnessed corruption cases is killed; crimes against press soar

Independent journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez, a witness for prosecutors' investigation into links between politicians and paramilitaries, was killed by two gunmen who shot him from a motorcycle last week in Arboletes, Antioquia, in northwest Colombia, BBC reports. Read more »

Colombia, Mexican journalists threatened after reporting on drug, human trafficking

Journalist Mary Luz Avendaño, corresponsdent in Medellín, Colombia, for the newspaper El Espectador, and Lydia Cacho, a Mexican investigative reporter, received death threats after publishing stories on drug trafficking and human trafficking, respectively, reported IFEX and Article 19. Read more »

Colombian prosecutor accuses ex-deputy director of secret police of masterminding journalist's killing

The Attorney General of Colombia has accused a former deputy chief of the secret police of instigating the murder of journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, perpetrated by the paramilitary almost twelve years ago, reported El Heraldo. Read more »

Article 19 denounces Colombian court ruling that preserves criminal defamation

The Supreme Court of Colombia ruled on May 25 that criminal defamation is constitutional, prompting criticism from freedom of expression advocates, Article 19 reports via IFEX. Read more »

Sexually assaulted journalists fear retribution if they step forward, CPJ report says

Journalists who have been sexually assaulted in the line of work have been reluctant to step forward for fear of being reassigned, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) revealed June 7 in a new report "The Silencing Crime: Sexual Violence and Journalists." Read more »

Colombian journalist doused in gasoline, escapes unharmed

Journalist Mario Esteban López managed to escape with his life after the matches were too wet for his kidnappers to light the more than two gallons of gasoline they poured on him, EFE reports.

López, the director of Canal 22 TV in Ipiales, Nariño, believes the attack was ordered by drug traffickers in the city and also accused the mayor of having threatened him, ABC explains. Read more »

CPJ report: Journalists killed with impunity in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) released its annual Impunity Index, which ranks three Latin American countries among those where killers of journalist regularly escape justice, The Associated Press reports. Read more »

Journalist suspects Colombian guerrillas behind attempted shooting

Héctor Rodríguez, the news director for La Veterana radio in the southeastern Colombian city of Popayán, escaped a May 26 attempted shooting unharmed, El País reports. Read more »


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