Journalists threatened in Colombia and the Dominican Republic

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  • October 18, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Renowned Dominican journalist Luis Eduardo Lora has reported receiving warnings from the lawyers of two convicted drug traffickers, telling him to retract his writings about them, Diario Libre reports.

His newspaper has received similar warnings in the past and, according to Dominican Today, two other investigative journalists have reported receiving intimidating messages.

In an unrelated incident, Colombian columnist Claudia Ayola Escalón has reported that she and her daughter have received e-mailed death threats, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) reports.

FLIP explains that Ayola does not know who is behind the threats, and that in recent weeks she was the target of several other suspicious incidents.

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.