Colombia urges international community to ban broadcast of guerrilla videos

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  • January 8, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

In a diplomatic offensive against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Foreign Minister Jaime Bermúdez warned that the diffusion of videos by the rebel group represent an "apology for organized crime and terrorism," the AFP news service and Radio Caracol report (in Spanish).

The FARC's online presence, which includes dozens of videos, is controversial, Juliana Rincón Parra writes (in English) for GlobalVoicesOnline. Some videos show FARC members growing food to feed the armed forces, and performing cultural and musical activities such as folk dancing, she explains.

Colombian authorities view the FARC as carrying out an international public relations campaign, and foreign governments should not lend themselves to these activities, AFP adds. Instead, the international community should know about the FARC's atrocities, Bermúdez, said, as quoted by El Tiempo.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.