Computer stolen from house of Colombian journalist, illegal wiretap victim

Colombian journalist Gonzalo Guillén’s computer and a hard disk with more than 15 years of work were stolen from his home in Bogotá towards the end of April, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports.

The journalist was participating in a forum on freedom of expression being held in Peru, so he does not know precisely when the theft took place. Nothing else was taken from his house besides the equipment, which he said held “sensitive data” on corruption in the Colombian military.

Guillén is an independent investigative journalist, a correspondent for several international media outlets, and the Colombian representative for the Lima-based Press and Society Institute (IPYS). He was one of the many victims of illegal wiretapping by the Colombian intelligence agency (DAS), which targeted journalists, human rights activists, and politicians during the government of former President Álvaro Uribe (2002 – 2010).

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.