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Musician Juanes will direct special edition of Colombian newspaper

Colombian signer Juanes will be the guest director of a Sept. 23 special edition of the newspaper El Tiempo, the newspaper announced. The special edition will close a conference on reconciliation and peace in Colombia on Sept. 21, the United Nations' International Day of Peace, according to The Delta World.

"It's time to change," the name of one of Juanes' songs, will be printed on the frontpage of the newspaper that day, according to La Prensa Gráfica. "The idea is that the newspaper's content will have a purposeful, optimistic, inclusive and hopeful vision, even though this isn't the reality in the country," Juanes told the newspaper.

The idea was inspired by a similar experiment in 2006, when the British newspaper The Independent invited Bono, the leader of the musical group U2, to direct one of its editions, according to the newspaper.

According to El Tiempo, the conference will have four sections related to political, economic, social and cultural reconciliation. Figures from across the world will participate, including ex-Irish Republican Army militant Henry Robinson, and Michael Gallagher, one of Robinson's victims. Ex-Colombian President César Gaviria and Colombian politician and ex-M-19 guerrilla Antonio Navarro Wolff will also participate, among others, reported the newspaper.

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.

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