CPJ concerned by Uribe comments in Colombia

We issued the following statement today in response to Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez’ request for a criminal investigation of Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell for allegedly committing a crime by failing to disclose accusations in a videotaped interview that a former lawmaker was bribed in exchange for her vote to approve Uribe’s reelection.

“We reject President Uribe’s request to investigate Daniel Coronell,” said CPJ’s Americas Senior Program Coordinator, Carlos Lauría. “We believe the motivation behind Uribe’s decision is linked to Coronell’s criticism of the Colombian government. We call on the Attorney General to dismiss Uribe’s request.”