John Otis

John Otis, CPJ's Andes correspondent for the Americas program, works as a correspondent for Time magazine and the Global Post. He authored the 2010 book Law of the Jungle, about U.S. military contractors kidnapped by Colombian rebels, and is based in Bogotá, Colombia.

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Killing of radio journalist highlights dangers for local reporters in Colombia's border region

July 22, 2019 1:35 PM ET

The otherwise Spartan studio of Samaniego Stereo is adorned by a white banner emblazoned with the image of Libardo Montenegro, a veteran reporter for the community radio station in southern Colombia who was shot dead on June 11. Under his photo are the words: "You will live in our...

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Uribe lawsuit part of 'systematic campaign to silence me,' Colombian reporter Coronell says

May 20, 2019 11:26 AM ET

A civil defamation lawsuit filed in a U.S. court by former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez against journalist Daniel Coronell is the latest broadside in a long and bitter dispute pitting one of Colombia's most powerful politicians against an investigative reporter....

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Venezuela's intimidation tactics include arbitrary arrests, deportation

March 29, 2019 12:43 PM ET

When Venezuelan military officials detained American freelancer Cody Weddle on March 11, the experience was both frightening and bizarre. Weddle said that agents put a hood over his head and pressed him to reveal sources he had never spoken with. They suggested the reporter was a member of the...

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Maduro's internet blackout stifles news of Venezuela crisis

March 18, 2019 3:14 PM ET

One of the world's biggest news stories on March 4 was the daring return to Venezuela of opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaidó, who faced possible arrest by the authoritarian regime of Nicolás Maduro. But most Venezuelans were unable to follow his homecoming....

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Lawsuits and economic crisis drive Venezuela's journalists into exile

December 18, 2018 12:08 PM ET

When Ewald Scharfenberg, the founding editor of the Venezuelan investigative news website Armando.Info, holds editorial meetings, he pulls out his mobile phone. That's because most of his reporters are in Venezuela while Scharfenberg lives and works in neighboring Colombia....

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In Nicaragua, Ortega's control over the media slips even as a government crackdown intensifies

August 7, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Nicaragua's four-month-old popular uprising has not only weakened President Daniel Ortega's grip on power: it has eroded his government's control over the news....

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Nicaragua's press defiant in the face of arson attacks and mob violence

July 9, 2018 10:32 AM ET

At the temporary office of Radio Darío in the Nicaraguan city of León, reporters have set up two emergency escape routes: a trap door that opens into the dining room of the house next door and a ladder leading to the roof....

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Death threat drives Colombian cartoonist Matador offline

May 1, 2018 1:05 PM ET

During his 15-year career satirizing public figures, Colombia's best-known editorial cartoonist has made numerous enemies. In his drawings for the Bogotá daily El Tiempo, Julio César González, better known by his pen name, Matador, targets politicians of all stripes....

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Venezuela's anti-hate law provides Maduro with another tool to intimidate the press

February 6, 2018 5:15 PM ET

In what journalists fear could be a taste of things to come, Venezuela's new anti-hate law was enforced for the first time against a news organization on January 30, when Yndira Lugo, the editor of Diario Región, was called before government agents for questioning....

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End of the print run for Venezuela's regional press as supplies dry up for critical outlets

December 27, 2017 10:00 AM ET

The lobby of El Carabobeño includes a display of vintage cameras, engraving plates and paper cutters from the 1930s when the newspaper was founded in Valencia, Venezuela's third-largest city. But now El Carabobeño's modern printing press could be added to the exhibit....

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