Colombian leftist rebels free kidnapped photographer

New York, November 4, 1999 — Reuters stringer Henry Romero, kidnapped by the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN) on October 26 as punishment for having published a photo of a rebel commander’s unmasked face, was freed near the town of Suárez. He reached his hometown of Cali at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday evening after walking and riding for two days.

CPJ welcomes Romero’s release, which follows the November 2 release of seven journalists kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). [See news alert for more]   [Versión en Español]

However, CPJ urges the parties to Colombia’s civil war to stop resorting to the use of kidnapping and other tactics to intimidate journalists.