Libardo Montenegro

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The exterior of Samaniego Stereo radio station in Samaniego, in Colombia's Nariño department. One of the station's journalists, Libardo Montenegro, was shot dead on June 11. (CPJ/John Otis)

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

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 hearts forever.”

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Lights illuminate the Roman Catholic church Las Lajas, in the Colombian department of Nariño in January 2019. A radio journalist in the region was shot dead on June 11. (AFP/Juan Barreto)

Radio journalist Libardo Montenegro killed in Nariño, Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia, June 14, 2019–Colombian authorities should conduct a swift and comprehensive investigation into the killing of radio journalist Libardo Montenegro and ensure those responsible are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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