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Alerts   |   Colombia

Journalists threatened with death in three Colombian states

Bogotá, September 30, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by death threats against numerous journalists in different states in Colombia over the past week and calls on authorities to ensure the journalists' safety. All of the journalists had reported on criminal activities in the region.

Blog   |   Colombia

Criminal gangs intimidate, silence Córdoba journalists

People remain stranded at the North Bus Terminal in Medellin, Antioquia department, on January 5, 2012 during an armed strike imposed by the criminal gang Los Urabeños. (Raul Arboleda/AFP)

At most newspapers, reporting for the society page isn't especially dangerous. But in the northern Colombian department of Córdoba, which is under siege from drug-trafficking gangs, even covering birthday parties can be risky.

January 26, 2012 12:39 PM ET

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In Colombia, gang threats force reporter to flee

Colombian authorities seize a Los Paisas weapons cache in August 2009. (Reuter/Fredy Amariles) My chance encounter last year with Los Paisas, a criminal gang that operates in northern Colombia, began a nightmare that continues today. I was heading to an assignment in a tourist area south of Montería on July 9, 2009, when Los Paisas gang members blocked my car. The gang was meeting with local landowners nearby--and journalists were not welcome.

September 3, 2010 2:10 PM ET

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