Bladimir Sánchez Espitia

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A Colombian miner waits for news of his colleagues after an explosion in a coal mine, June 24, 2017. Documentary filmmaker Bladimir Sánchez Espitia, who has reported on alleged human rights abuses in the country's mining industry, told CPJ his life has been repeatedly threatened over the past five years.

Colombian documentary filmmaker repeatedly threatened with death

New York, August 1, 2016–Colombian authorities should swiftly and credibly investigate threats against documentary filmmaker and activist Bladimir Sánchez Espitia and should ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Sánchez told CPJ a man with a gun came looking for him in the early hours of July 30.

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This screenshot from Sánchez's video is said to show police chasing protesters from the site of a proposed dam. (YouTube)

Threatened after posting video, Colombian journalist flees

New York, February 29, 2012–Colombian freelance journalist and activist Bladimir Sánchez Espitia fled his home state today for the capital city after receiving death threats related to a video he posted on YouTube, according to the Bogotá-based Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP). News reports said the video showed anti-riot police forcibly removing protesters…

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