Host of Colombian radio program for kidnap victims is honored in Spain

By Ingrid Bachmann

Journalist Herbin Hoyos, of the program “Voices of Kidnapping” (Voces del Secuestro), was awarded the Tolerance Prize by the Community of Madrid for his fight for freedom and coexistence, EFE reports.

For 16 years, the program has relayed messages from relatives to otherwise isolated guerrilla hostages. Hoyos was kidnapped by the FARC in 1994 and created the program after being freed. The journalist left Colombia last year after a failed attempt on his life but continued broadcasting the program from Spain.

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.