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Deadly year for journalists as killings rose sharply in 2022

By Jennifer Dunham/CPJ Deputy Editorial Director Published January 24, 2023 Key Takeaways | Methodology | 2022 Killed Data | Interactive Map | Video The year 2022 was deadly for members of the press. At least 67 journalists and media workers were killed during the year–the highest number since 2018 and an almost 50% increase from…

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Journalist Wilder Alfredo Córdoba shot and killed in southern Colombia

Bogotá, November 30, 2022 — Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Wilder Alfredo Córdoba, determine if he was targeted for his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On Monday, November 28, two unidentified men on a motorcycle shot and killed Córdoba while he was…

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Rafael Emiro Moreno, Colombian journalist under government protection, killed in Córdoba

Bogotá, October 19, 2022—Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Rafael Emiro Moreno, determine if he was targeted for his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. About 7:10 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, in the northern town of Montelíbano, two men aboard a motorcycle fatally…

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Two armed attackers shoot at journalist Erick Niño’s home, office in Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, October 11, 2022 – Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate a shooting at the home and office of journalist Erick Niño, bring those responsible to justice, and guarantee Niño’s safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. Around 10:45 p.m. on October 5, two men aboard a motorcycle armed with pistols shot several times…

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Colombia’s Indigenous ‘communicators’ face special challenges reporting for their communities 

Mabel Quinto Salas is a reporter for Radio Pa’yumat, a station in the Northern Cauca region of Colombia. But she doesn’t identify as a journalist. Instead, she calls herself a “community communicator,” a category that is common among Colombia’s Indigenous communities.   “Communication is seen as a tool for visibility, for denunciation of human rights violations, but also for…

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Armed men attack car, bodyguard of Colombian journalist Julián Martínez

Bogotá, February 28, 2022 – Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate an armed attack on the vehicle and bodyguard of investigative journalist Julián Martínez, determine if the reporter was targeted for his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. At about 11 p.m. on February 22, two men with…

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Colombian legislature passes anti-corruption bill that threatens press freedom

Miami, December 10, 2021 – Colombian President Iván Duque should veto a portion of the anti-corruption bill recently passed by the country’s legislature that threatens press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 6, the Colombian Chamber of Representatives passed Bill 369, the “Anti-Corruption Bill,” which includes an article that could be…

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A press freedom crisis unfolds in Latin America

As the number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work climbs to record highs, cases of those behind bars in Latin America remained relatively low. A total of six – three in Cuba, two in Nicaragua and one in Brazil – were in custody for their work as of December 1, according to the Committee…

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Jineth Bedoya

Inter-American Court of Human Rights finds Colombia responsible in Jineth Bedoya case

New York, October 18, 2021 — The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed today’s announcement by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that it ruled the Colombian state responsible for the abduction, rape, and torture of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000 and ordered the Colombian government to investigate, prosecute, and punish those responsible and protect…

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Colombian journalist Marcos Efraín Montalvo shot and killed

Bogotá, September 28, 2021 – Colombian authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Marcos Efraín Montalvo, determine if he was targeted for his work, and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On September 19, in the western city of Tuluá, an unidentified man with a pistol entered a…

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