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Colombian journalist Andrés Felipe Guevara shot and killed

Bogotá, January 8, 2021 — Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Andrés Felipe Guevara Henao, determine if he was targeted for his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 21, 2020, in the western city of Cali, an unidentified assailant shot Guevara four…

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Colombian TV station employees flee country amid threats from FARC militants

Bogotá, Colombia, December 7, 2020 – Colombian authorities should thoroughly investigate death threats received by Caracol TV employees and ensure they can work freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On November 16, Arlex Piedrahita, a camera operator with the news broadcaster Caracol TV, fled to the United States with his family after he…

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Judge orders Colombian outlet Semana TV to remove content, orders investigation

On September 28, 2020, a Colombian judge ordered online broadcaster Semana TV to take down an episode of one of its news programs, and ordered an investigation into how two of the station’s journalists obtained confidential information aired in that episode, according to news reports. The court order, which was made public on October 6…

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Colombia court’s ruling in Vicky Dávila, RCN defamation case sets dangerous precedent for investigative reporting

Bogotá, October 29, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned a Colombian appellate court’s decision ordering journalist Vicky Dávila Hoyos and media outlet RCN to pay damages for reports broadcast in 2014 on alleged police corruption. On October 15, a Bogotá appellate court ordered Dávila, one of Colombia’s best-known journalists, and the private…

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Colombia to file criminal charges against journalist Diana Díaz for revealing censorship at public media network

The Colombian Attorney General’s office announced on October 19, 2020, that it will file criminal charges against Diana Díaz, a former public TV station manager, for leaking to the Bogotá-based Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) a recording of a conversation in which her supervisor suggested canceling a program because its host had criticized a proposed…

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Colombian reporters face criminal defamation inquiry for reporting on assault allegations

Bogotá, Colombia, September 18, 2020 – Colombian authorities should not pursue criminal defamation charges against journalists Catalina Ruiz-Navarro and Matilde de los Milagros Londoño, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. In early September, the Colombian attorney general’s office ordered freelance journalists Ruiz-Navarro and Londoño to appear for questioning on September 14 in response to…

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Colombian journalist José Abelardo Liz killed during military attack on Indigenous group

Bogotá, Colombia, August 18, 2020 — Colombian authorities must swiftly and transparently investigate the killing of Indigenous radio journalist José Abelardo Liz, determine if members of the military were responsible, and bring his killers to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 13, Liz was shot and killed during a two-day military…

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Soldiers shoot at journalist in Colombia, threaten reporters covering coca protests

Bogotá, August 17, 2020 – Colombian authorities must undertake a thorough and transparent investigation into violence against journalists Fernando Osorio and Edilson Álvarez, and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On August 8, soldiers chased Osorio, a photographer for the local news cooperative Voces del Guayabero, which…

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Colombian court orders authorities to compensate journalist Claudia Julieta Duque for years of harassment and surveillance

New York, August 13, 2020 – In response to a decision by the Administrative Tribunal of Cundinamarca finding that the Colombian state violated journalist Claudia Julieta Duque’s rights and ordering multiple government entities to compensate her, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “The Cundinamarca Administrative Tribunal’s ruling is a necessary and overdue…

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Colombian vice president files criminal defamation suit against journalist

Bogotá, July 28, 2020 – Colombian Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez should drop her criminal defamation suit against InSight Crime journalist Jeremy McDermott, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On July 24, the attorney general’s office notified McDermott, a British national who works as co-director and legal representative of the Medellín-based news organization InSight…

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