Horizonte del Magdalena Medio
July 12, 2002, in Santander Department, Colombia
Prada had apparently received no threats. He had run the monthly Horizonte Sabanero for several years before changing its name to Horizonte del Magdalena Medio in June. The publication, which covered social and cultural issues, was not considered controversial.
But according to the daily Vanguardia Liberal, based in the city of Bucaramanga, the capital of Santander Department, Prada had written an editorial in Horizonte del Magdalena Medio's June issue criticizing the municipal government. Vanguardia Liberal also quoted a town representative as saying that Prada had held office in the local council at a time when the left-wing Patriotic Union (UP) ruled Sabana de Torres. Right-wing paramilitaries have killed thousands of UP members.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.