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Terrorist attack against journalist causes panic in Bogota, Colombia



A bomb exploded in Bogota, Colombia, almost taking the life of ex-official turned journalist Fernando Londoño Hoyos, and leaving at least two dead and 40 people injured while creating chaos, panic, and confusion in the capital on Tuesday, May 15, reported the Daily News and the news agency EFE.

The Bogota police assumed the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC in Spanish) were responsible for the terrorist act against Londoño who “had received many threats from the guerrilla for his work as a Minister of Interior and Justice during President Álvaro Uribe's administration, and also as a journalist," reported the news agency Europa Press.

The Foundation for Press Freedom condemned the attack and called on authorities "to move forward in their actions to guarantee the fundamental rights to life and freedom of expression for all Colombian journalists.”

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders expressed support for Londoño, but lamented the "polemic and unfavorable" statements that the former minister made against journalist Roméo Langlois, who is still in the hands of the FARC. Londoño accused Langlois of being a “militant activist” and saying that his release would be a “farce.”



1 comment

 
Claudia wrote 1 year 47 weeks ago

Periodista?

Sin dejar de lamentar el atentado del pasado 15 de mayo en Bogotá, dirigido al ex-ministro, Fernando Londoño, me cuesta trabajo definirlo como periodista. Si bien dirige un programa radial de opinión y expresa sus ideas como columnista, creo que está lejos de ser un reportero o periodista. Así que yo diría que el señor Londoño (quien ocupó los titulares de prensa por el robo de Invercolsa) es un controvertido personaje al que hay que confrontar con las ideas y el debate público y no bombas y atentados. En cualquier caso, mi solidaridad va dirigida a los afectados en este triste episodio, empezando por el mismo Londoño, pero especialmente a aquellos que no tenían nada que ver con pleitos y enemigos del ex-ministro, como los dos escoltas que murieron y los heridos -como el señor Humberto, conductor de la buseta que estaba al lado del carro en el momento de la explosión- Ellos, lamentablemente, no hacen parte de ningún gremio de periodistas, pero, en este caso, fueron las víctimas principales.

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