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Topic “Colombia”

Colombian journalist accused of terrorism accepts rectification from expresident Uribe at court reconciliation

In the course of reporting on Colombia’s violent and complicated internal conflict, journalist Hollman Morris was accused of being an “accomplice to terror” and endured threats and harassment. Read more »


Authorities investigating new threat against Colombian journalists who were previously kidnapped by guerrilla group


By Heloisa Aruth Sturm and Teresa Mioli

 

Two Colombian reporters who were kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in May have received threatening text messages supposedly signed by the ELN, according to a recent report from the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP). Read more »


Judge orders arrest of newspaper director of Colombian newspaper El Heraldo

The decision of a judge in Barranquilla, Colombia to order a three-day detention for the director of newspaper El Heraldo, Marco Schwartz, and the imposition of a fine for alleged contempt of an order for rectification has generated controversy in the country. Read more »


UPDATE: Journalists under control of the ELN in Colombia are released; group says it respects freedom of expression

Update (May 31, 2016): The three Colombian journalists being held by the National Liberation Army (ELN for its acronym in Spanish) guerrilla group were released on the afternoon of Friday, May 27. Read more »


Another possible kidnapping of journalists in Colombia; Catalina Botero stresses journalists’ role in dangerous areas

The security situation for the Colombian press seems to be getting worse in the midst of peace negotiations between the government and rebel groups in the country. Read more »


Spanish journalist disappears in area of Colombia controlled by rebel groups

The Spanish journalist Salud Hernández-Mora disappeared on Saturday May 21 at noon in the municipality of El Tarra, while investigating the eradication of illegal crops in the region of Catatumbo in the Colombian department of Norte de Santander, according to Reuters. Read more »


Attorney General of Colombia calls former intelligence agents for questioning in case of psychological torture of journalist

Four former officials of the now defunct Department of Administrative Security (DAS) in Colombia were called for questioning by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation of the threats and psychological torture of journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, according to newspaper El Espectador. [Read a brief explanation of the scandal below] Read more »


Peruvian, Mexican and Colombian journalists take home Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards

Peruvian, Mexican and Colombian journalists received the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Awards from Spanish newspaper El País in Madrid on May 5. Read more »


Man accused of being mastermind behind 2011 murder of Dominican journalist has been arrested in Colombia

Matías Avelino Castro of the Dominican Republic, alleged mastermind behind the murder of Dominican journalist José Agustín Silvestre in 2011, was arrested on April 3 in Bogotá, Colombia, reported Colonel Juan Carlos Gómez, chief of Interpol Colombia, according to AFP. Read more »


Journalists and social leaders receive death threats in southwestern Colombia

Once more, Colombian authorities are investigating threats against journalists and social leaders distributed via pamphlets and signed with the name of a criminal group.

On March 28, an email with a pamphlet attached was sent to 25 addresses, including those of many journalists from local and national media outlets in the state of Cauca in southwest Colombia. It was signed by “Águilas Negras.” Read more »



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