Colombian journalist files libel complaint against ex-President Álvaro Uribe

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  • February 23, 2012

The journalist Claudia Julieta Duque filed a complaint against the Colombian ex-president Álvaro Uribe for libel and defamation for associating her with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), reported Caracol Radio.

According to the newspaper El Universal, the origin of Duque's complaint was an article published in the Washington Post, Aug. 21, 2011, which implicated the U.S. government in abuses of power committed in Colombia.

Duque said that after this article was published, former president Uribe issued a statement via his Twitter account, stating that “such accusations manipulate facts and distort reality, harming the image of the government," reported the newspaper La Opinión.

Uribe was also interviewed on the news program “The Hour of Truth” where he said that "this Claudia is not an independent, neutral, objective journalist. This woman belongs to a Lawyer's Collective which has defended the guerrillas,” according to the news agency El Liberal. Listen to the entire interview here.