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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 »


Journalist takes Colombia to international court for failure to investigate sexual assault


Veteran journalist Jineth Bedoya, currently an editor for El Tiempo newspaper, has filed a claim against the Colombian government at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for failing to fully investigate the kidnapping and sexual assault she suffered in 2000, The Associated Press reports. Read more »


Guatemalan, Colombian journalists among Harvard's 2012 class of Nieman Fellows

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced the 2012 class of Nieman Fellows, including Claudia Méndez Arriaza of Guatemala's El Periódico newspaper, and Carlos Eduardo Huertas of Colombia's Revista Semana, according to the Nieman Lab. Read more »


Colombian journalist shot in leg while covering riots


Cameraman Alejandro Márquez was shot in the leg May 10, 2011, during violent disturbances in the city of Medellín, Colombia, Caracol Radio reports.

Masked rioters fought with the police for five hours, leaving one dead and several injured, including Márquez, CM& explains. Read more »


Journalists in Colombian city stage walkout to protest threats and attacks


Approximately 40 journalists from different media outlets in the Pacific port city of Buenaventura walked out of their workplaces on May 9, 2011 to protest threats and violence faced by reporters in the region, El País reports. Read more »


Computer stolen from house of Colombian journalist, illegal wiretap victim


Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén’s computer and a hard disk with more than 15 years of work were stolen from his home in Bogotá towards the end of April, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports.

The journalist was participating in a forum on freedom of expression being held in Peru, so he does not know precisely when the theft took place. Nothing else was taken from his house besides the equipment, which he said held “sensitive data” on corruption in the Colombian military. Read more »


Colombian journalist Morris looking to make "Contravia" Latin America’s first viewer-funded TV show

Award-winning Colombian journalist Hollman Morris has launched a social media campaign to keep Contravía, his investigative reporting program, on the air. He has asked viewers and his followers on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to make small donations to support the show, Semana explains. Read more »



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