Colombian government announces protective measures for 10 threatened journalists

The Attorney General of Colombia announced on Sept. 26 that it would take preventative measures to protect the fundamental rights of 10 threatened journalists who interviewed an ex-paramilitary leader, reported Caracol Radio.

As a first step, the Public Ministry said it will oversee the National Protection Unit's implementation of security measures for the reporters, reported the newspaper El Espectador.

The ministry also said it would participate in meetings to assess the individual risks facing the reporters and craft tailored security plans for each case, according to the newspaper El País.

The threats against the journalists in the city of Santa Marta, Magdalena began after the station Radio Magdalena published an interview with ex-paramilitary leader Jesús Gélvez Albarracín "The Grey" on its website on Sept. 7. The interview was re-posted on several different media outlets across the city.

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.