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This week, a Colombian court sentenced former paramilitary fighters Alejandro Cárdenas Orozco and Jesús Emiro Pereira Rivera for the kidnapping, rape, and torture of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000.
Pereira was sentenced to 40 years and six months in prison for the attack, according to the Bogotá-based Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP). The court also sentenced Cárdenas to 30 years in prison for assault, according to the same source; he had already been sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2016 on charges related to the same case.
In 2016, Bedoya highlighted the personal cost of her work in “The Sadness of May the 25,” an essay in CPJ’s Attacks on the Press.
Global press freedom updates
- Safety Advisory: Challenges facing journalists trying to cover latest violence in Venezuela
- Singapore passes ‘fake news’ legislation that threatens press
- Bulgaria’s press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories
- Mexico’s press question president’s commitment to press advertising reform
- Egypt tests new censorship law with handling of al-Mashhad website block
- Guatemala elections 2019: Journalist safety kit
- Telésforo Enríquez, founder of Mexican community radio station, shot dead in Oaxaca
- Ukrainian journalist in coma following assault
- Azerbaijani journalist Sevinc Osmanqizi faces harassment, threats to leak intimate photos
- López Obrador’s anti-press rhetoric leaves Mexico’s journalists feeling exposed
- Former Colombian President Uribe and allies file defamation suits against Daniel Coronell
- Iran jailed two journalists since May Day demonstration; separately, an editor has been held incommunicado and without charges
- Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered opposition leader
- Journalists threatened by government staffers in North Macedonia
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