Colombian journalist Juan Esteban Mejia must respond before the law after being charged by the Attorney General with defamation (injuria) on June 16, La F.M. radio reported.
However, Mejia insists that he is being charged because of an editing error and not his own mistake, FM radio added. Read more »
For the first time, Colombian Justice condemns the entire “criminal network” in a journalist murder case
Former Colombian legislator and politician Ferney Tapasco has been sentenced to 36 years in prison for being the mastermind of the 2002 murder of La Patria deputy editor Orlando Sierra who was killed because of his work. Read more »
The suspect in the March 2014 killing of pregnant journalist Adriana Urquiola is back in Venezuela after having fled to Colombia.
The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia ruled that the August 13, 1999 murder of journalist Jaime Garzón cannot be characterized as a crime against humanity. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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).