Colombia / 2011

Colombian editor given suspended prison term

October 13, 2011 4:52 PM ET

New York, October 13, 2011--A court in Cundinamarca state handed Luis Agustín González, founder and editor of Colombian monthly newspaper Cundinamarca Democrática, a 20-month suspended sentence and a fine of approximately US$5,500 on charges of criminal libel, news reports said today. The sentence stemmed from an editorial González wrote in 2008...

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Provincial Colombian journalist threatened

October 5, 2011 3:54 PM ET

New York, October 5, 2011 - The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by threats made against Ana María Ferrer, a freelance Colombian journalist in the northern state of Cesar, who has denounced government corruption and the mishandling of mining royalties....

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Uribe labels journalists "terrorism sympathizers"

August 24, 2011 12:32 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about comments made by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez that could endanger journalists Juan Forero and Claudia Julieta Duque and jeopardize press freedom in the country. Forero is the Washington Post's Andean region correspondent and Duque is a...

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Investigative journalist threatened in Colombia

July 27, 2011 12:52 PM ET

Mary Luz Avendaño, a reporter for the Colombian daily El Espectador, was threatened on June 22, 2011, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews. Avendaño, the newspaper's correspondent in the city of Medellín, had recently written two investigative pieces concerning narcotraffickers and their connections with the local police. ...

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Provincial journalist shot to death in Colombia

July 5, 2011 5:27 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Luis Eduardo Gómez, a Colombian freelance journalist who was a witness for an investigation into links between politicians and paramilitary groups, was shot and killed on Thursday in the town of Arboletes, in the northwestern province of Antioquia, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect...

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Colombian journalist escapes being doused in gasoline

June 6, 2011 4:28 PM ET

New York, June 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Colombian authorities today to thoroughly investigate the attempted murder of the director of a provincial television station in Colombia. Mario Esteban López Ortega, known for his criticism of local authorities, escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday after he was...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Americas Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:54 AM ET

In Latin America, A Return of Censorship By Carlos Lauría As the preeminent political family in the northeastern state of Maranhão for more than 40 years, the Sarneys are used to getting their way in Brazilian civic life. So when the leading national daily O Estado de S. Paulo published allegations in...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Colombia

February 15, 2011 12:40 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Progress slow in probe of illegal espionage that targeted journalists. • One journalist murdered. Deadly violence slows, but danger remains. Key Statistic 4: Provincial reporters forced into exile due to threats. President Álvaro Uribe Vélez ended his two terms in office with a...

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