Colombian reporter says computer theft is tied to journalist wiretapping scandal

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  • September 27, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Thieves made off with computers and several USB drives from the house of Ignacio Gómez, a TV news host and the president of the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP). For the journalist, one of the targets of illegal spying by the Administrative Department of Security (Colombia’s intelligence agency – DAS), this is the fifth robbery in seven years.

Gómez told RCN Radio that nothing of import was stolen, but that it is likely that their goal was to gather documents on his investigation into the DAS espionage incident, which also targeted other media workers, judges, members of the opposition, and human rights activists.

FLIP condemned the theft and said they were concerned with the repeated attacks on Gómez’s house. According to El País, the police have put a dedicated team on the case.

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.