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Topic “Colombia”

Suspect in killing of pregnant Venezuelan journalist returned from Colombia

The suspect in the March 2014 killing of pregnant journalist Adriana Urquiola is back in Venezuela after having fled to Colombia.

Colombian authorities delivered Yonny Bolívar to Venezuela on June 18 after he was captured by Interpol Colombia and police in Barranquilla, Colombia on June 11. Read more »


Protests follow the release of ex paramilitary accused of kidnapping Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya


Update (June 5, 2015) : The Attorney General of Colombia, Eduardo Montealegre, ordered the recapture of former paramilitary Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco, alias 'JJ', linked to the kidnapping, torture and rape of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima, reported Semana. Read more »


Progress for freedom of the press in Colombia after conviction for illegal wiretapping of journalists and opposition members

The conviction that the Supreme Court of Colombia issued against the former director of the defunct Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), María del Pilar Hurtado, and former Secretary General of the Presidency in the administration of Álvaro Uribe, Bernardo Moreno Villegas, implies a breakthrough in the investigation of cases related to violations of freedom of the press in the country, according to some organizations. Read more »


Two murders in a month raise concerns about safety of journalists in Colombia

The assassination of two Colombian journalists in less than one month has again alarmed the country’s press, which has not forgotten the darker years when – due to drug trafficking and other criminal groups – the number of journalists killed because of their work was high. Read more »


Op-ed on homosexuality costs Colombian columnist his job


By: Carola Guerrero De León

Feb. 17 was a day like any other for Yohir Akerman, former columnist for El Colombiano, until he discovered – while flipping through the pages of the paper – that he had been fired. The reason: claiming that “god was wrong” to reject homosexuality in the Bible in one of his columns.  Read more »


Threats to Colombian journalists continue amid peace talks

Advocates are reporting that criminal gangs and paramilitary groups in Colombia, one of the most dangerous Latin American countries for journalists, have been issuing death threats for journalists and human rights defenders for the past two months. Media and government representatives have called for investigation to find the sources behind these threats. Read more »


Three Latin American countries among deadliest for journalists in 2014

Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico placed in the top 20 deadliest countries for journalists in 2014, according to a special year-end report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The database numbers provided by CPJ tally the deaths of journalists in which the motive for the killing was directly work-related.   Read more »


Mexico, Colombia and Brazil lead in impunity in the killings of journalists

Impunity in the murder of journalists is not new in Latin America. In the last decade, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported 72 instances of journalists killed for their work. About 78 percent of these cases faced complete or partial impunity. But in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil, levels of impunity have surpassed those of any other Latin American country, according to CPJ’s 2014 Global Impunity Index. Read more »


Digital platform Poderopedia’s new chapter to analyze power networks in Venezuela


On May 3, World Press Freedom Day, Venezuela’s Press and Society Institute (IPYS) launched a new chapter of the digital platform Poderopedia, which helps visualize the connections that exist between powerful people in the country, the organization reported. The platform collects and presents information about political and business leaders in the nation, revealing conflicts of interest, spheres of influence and other connections. Read more »


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