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Colombian intelligence official identified as mastermind behind death of journalist Jaime Garzón

Not only paramilitaries, but also government agents were involved in the 1999 killing of prominent journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón. Read more »


Colombian journalist celebrated for his courageous dedication to truth, democracy

Colombian journalist Hollman Morris, who has been selected as one of the 2011 Nieman Fellows at Harvard, and his television program Contravía were honored June 28 at the Universidad Javeriana for demonstrating courage in the fight for truth, peace, and democracy, according to the Center for Investigation and Popular Education (CINEP), one of the organizations responsible for the homage. Read more »


Colombian journalist and Nieman Fellow Hollman Morris denied visa

Renowned Colombian journalist Hollman Morris' U.S. visa application was rejected on June 16, The Progressive is reporting. The story did not say why the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá denied his visa.

However, the Center for International Policy's Colombia Program has published documents revealing "political warfare" -- including surveillance and wiretapping -- targeting Morris and others considered to be opponents of President Álvaro Uribe. Read more »


Hackers attempt attack on Colombian journalist's website

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports that hackers attempted to sabotage the website of the director of the television program Contravía, Hollman Morris. (See more Knight Center stories about Morris here.) According to a technician's report, the attack used malicious code to link the website to pages associated with junk mail, which could lead the website to being blocked by search engines. Read more »


Colombian TV broadcasts video of five hostages held by rebels

Two weeks before the second round of Colombia’s presidential election, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has released videos that show four police and a soldier held since the late 1990s are still alive, BBC and CNN report. The five hostages urge officials to hold talks with the rebels, BBC adds. Read more »


Covering Colombia’s elections with new media but old concerns over press freedom

Colombians appear to have been more comfortable with continuity than with change by giving President Álvaro Uribe’s former defense minister, Juan Manuel Santos, a win with approximately 47 percent of the vote, and putting him into a second-round runoff June 20 with Antanas Mockus, the BBC reports. Read more »


Colombia's president denies manipulating media to smear the Supreme Court

Wiretaps conducted by Colombian intelligence agents on judges, journalists, politicians, and human rights defenders have put more pressure on President Álvaro Uribe to be accountable. Uribe was summoned this week to testify about any possible role or knowledge he had of the wiretaps. He publicly denied claims made by the prosecutor handling the case who suggested that the president's office had leaked the press information in order to discredit the Supreme Court, CM& and El Colombiano report. Read more »


Grenade thrown at journalist's house in northern Colombia

Leiderman Ortiz, editor of the newspaper La Verdad de Pueblo, was unharmed but is fearful for his life after the grenade damaged the front of his home in Caucasia, Antioquia, El Tiempo and El Mundo report. Read more »


Police officers accused of attacking Colombian journalists covering a march

Police authorities say they'll investigate charges that members of an anti-riot squad in Cali (western Colombia), beat reporters and photographers who were covering a Labor Day protest, RCN radio reports. Read more »


Colombia’s investigative reporters to hold 3rd yearly gathering

The “Newsroom Council” (Consejo de Redacción—CDR) will hold its 3rd annual Investigative Journalism Meeting from April 30–May 1, 2010, in Bogotá.

Twelve journalists from throughout Latin America are scheduled to speak at the meeting, which is co-sponsored by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.

Speakers will address topics such as investigation of executive powers, organized crime, and the environment. Other panels will focus on digital technology and the use of databases. Read more »


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