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Topic “Colombia”

Colombian freedom of expression organization bets on the development of local journalism in 'news deserts'

When the Foundation for Press Freedom of Colombia completed its three-year project “Cartographies of Information,” the panorama of the country was not encouraging: 60 percent of the municipalities analyzed were considered information deserts, meaning there was no media outlet producing local information.

There could be cases in which there were media outlets, such as radio stations or television channels, but these were either national or were exclusively entertainment. Read more »


Dismissal and rehiring of Colombian columnist provokes debate about journalism in the country

Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell’s column from June 16 was without a doubt one of his most anticipated. It was assumed that he would explain his reasons for returning to the magazine Semana after being fired in an act that led to great controversy in the country. Read more »


Community radio journalist focused on peace-related issues is killed in southern Colombia

Colombian journalist José Libardo Montenegro, of the community radio station Samaniego Estéreo, was killed on the night of June 11 in the municipality of Samaniego, in the department of Nariño, in the southern part of the country. Read more »


Journalists for The New York Times leave Colombia after being attacked online by public officials

A reporter and photojournalist who work for The New York Times in Colombia left the country after being targeted with stigmatizing remarks from congress members of the ruling party and online harassment in response to an article published in the newspaper regarding the Colombian Armed Forces. Read more »


After 19 years, two former paramilitary members sentenced for abduction, torture and sexual abuse of Colombian journalist


By Silvia Higuera and Teresa Mioli

Two former paramilitary members have been sentenced to a total of 70 years in prison in relation to the abduction, torture and sexual abuse of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima that happened almost 20 years ago. Read more »


Venezuelan journalist is accused in anti-terrorism court in his country after crossing border with Colombia

Venezuelan journalist Mario Peláez was released on March 3, four days after the National Guard detained him at the Colombia-Venezuela border and then handed him over to the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin, for its initials in Spanish), according to the National Union of Press Workers (SNTP) of Venezuela. Read more »


Journalists in Brazil and Colombia find an ally in podcasts to take a deeper look at the profession


By Carolina de Assis and Silvia Higuera

A chance encounter in 2012 led Brazilian journalist Rodrigo Alves to create a project that, six years later, would become one of his passions. That year, Alves went to London to cover the Olympic Games and met Dorrit Harazim, a journalist with 53 years in the profession and who in 2017 was awarded the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University. Read more »


Manager of Colombian public media system presents his resignation after complaints of censorship

After a little more than 24 hours of controversy created in Colombia after the publication of an audio recording in which the manager of the country’s Public Media System (RCTV) is heard looking for options to remove a program whose presenter criticized a government bill, Juan Pablo Bieri presented his resignation to the Colombian president. Read more »


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