Gustavo Rojas Gabalo

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Colombian radio commentator gunned down in his home

New York, August 28, 2006—Colombian radio commentator Atilano Segundo Pérez Barrios was murdered last week in his apartment in the northern city of Cartagena in the Bolívar province, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether Pérez’ murder is related to his journalistic work.

An unidentified assailant forced his way into Pérez’ apartment around 9 p.m. on August 22, shooting him twice on the abdomen, a family member told CPJ on condition of anonymity. According to local news reports, the assailant fled on the back of a motorcycle. Pérez was taken to the Hospital Universitario del Caribe, where he was pronounced dead.
August 28, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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In Colombia, a provincial radio journalist is murdered

New York, August 11, 2006—Colombian radio host Milton Fabián Sánchez was gunned down on Wednesday night outside his home in Yumbo, in the southwestern Valle del Cauca province. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether there is a connection between the murder and Sánchez’ work.

A masked assailant shot Sánchez three times in the face at 9:45 p.m., the journalist’s colleague, Leonardo Orozco, told CPJ. Witnesses said the assailant had been waiting in bushes behind Sánchez’ home, he said. Sánchez was taken to a local hospital and then to Valle University Hospital in the provincial capital, Cali, before dying at around midnight, Orozco said.
August 11, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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Colombian radio host dies of injuries from shooting

New York, March 21, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalist mourns the death of Colombian radio commentator Gustavo Rojas Gabalo, who died Monday of injuries he suffered in a February 4 shooting outside a local supermarket in the northwestern city of Montería, Córdoba province.

Rojas, known as “El Gaba,” died in the Salucoop Clinic in Medellín, the local press reported. His daughter, Erly Rojas, told CPJ that the journalist had been moved to Medellín over the weekend to get specialized medical attention. He had undergone surgery several times in Montería, according to the local press freedom group Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP).
March 21, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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A threat and a shooting raise concerns in provincial capital

New York, February 8, 2006—The Committee to Protect Journalists is very concerned that two weekend incidents in the Colombian city of Montería, capital of Córdoba province, will reinforce self-censorship in a region where journalists already work in fear. An investigative newspaper reporter fled the city on Sunday after receiving death threats, while a radio host was shot on Saturday and remained in critical condition today.

February 8, 2006 12:00 PM ET

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