Alfredo Molano

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Blog   |   Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica

Latin America takes steps against criminal defamation


In an encouraging development, three courts in Colombia, Costa Rica, and Chile have recently followed the growing regional consensus against criminal defamation by dismissing criminal penalties against journalists accused of libel and slander.

The newsweekly magazine Semana reported that a piece written by Alfredo Molano, at left, in the op-ed pages of the Bogota-based daily El Espectador in February 2007 described how the members of a family in Cartagena and Valledupar had undue influence in private businesses and public offices in the country’s Caribbean region.

Attacks on the Press   |   Colombia

Attacks on the Press in 2008: Colombia

Deadly violence in Colombia eased for the second consecutive year as no journalists were killed in direct relation to their work. Colombian authorities cited increased security throughout the country as the cause for the recent decline in news media deaths, but journalists said widespread self-censorship had made the press less of a target. Even so, intimidation and threats remained a serious problem. Repeated death threats against four provincial journalists forced them to flee their homes. Prominent journalists in the capital denounced government harassment that followed their criticism of the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

February 10, 2009 12:41 AM ET


Blog   |   Colombia

FARC declares Colombian media a military target

Four hostages released this weekend by Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) said at a press conference on Monday that the leftist guerrilla group had declared the Colombian media a "military target," according to Colombian and international news reports. The statement stirred a heated debate among Colombian journalists over coverage of guerrilla groups. 

February 3, 2009 4:50 PM ET


Statements   |   Colombia

In Colombia, CPJ rejects criminal defamation suit against Alfredo Molano

We issued the following statement today after learning that a criminal defamation suit had been brought against Colombian writer and journalist Alfredo Molano:

"We are alarmed by the criminal defamation suit brought by a politically influential family against Alfredo Molano over a column in the daily El Espectador," said Carlos Lauria, CPJ's Americas senior program coordinator. "Criminally prosecuting a journalist sends a chilling message to all Colombian reporters, and is out of step with the region's growing legal consensus that defamation is a civil not a criminal issue."

July 30, 2008 12:34 PM ET


Reports   |   Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland

Colombia Briefing: Bad Press

This Colombian warlord cultivates journalists. He also murders them. For Carlos Castaño, it's all about image.

Reports   |   Colombia, Spain

Darkness Falls

Why Colombia's top investigative journalist fled his country
June 15, 2000 8:17 PM ET


Attacks on the Press

Attacks on the Press 1999: Colombia

In a year that saw both an escalation of Colombia's armed conflict and a tentative beginning of peace negotiations, the press found itself in the crosshairs of nearly every party to the increasingly complicated civil war. Five journalists were killed in the line of duty, while scores of others were threatened, attacked, or kidnapped. Colombian journalists, many of whom had tolerated extremely dangerous working conditions for two decades, began leaving the country in unprecedented numbers.

Letters   |   Colombia

Colombia: Mysterious hate pamphlet includes three journalists on enemies list

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to urge you to investigate the provenance of a pamphlet containing threats against journalists and other intellectuals that started circulating in the streets of Bogotá, Cali, and Medellín earlier this month. The pamphlet, signed "Colombian Rebel Army (ERC)," accuses 21 intellectuals, among them three journalists, of being enemies of Colombia's peace process. The pamphlet reads: "These sinister figures feed the war between Colombians, foment hatred and class struggle, live off the war ... They will pay for the destruction of the peace process."

August 26, 1999 12:00 PM ET


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