No settlement in Colombian journalist's lawsuit against former president for libel and defamation

Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque and former president Álvaro Uribe were unable to reach an agreement in the lawsuit for libel and defamation that Duque filed against Uribe, reported Caracol Radio.

The lawsuit against Uribe was filed on February last year when the former president called Duque and other journalists “aids of terrorism." His declarations came after Duque and two other journalists published an article in The Washington Post accusing the Colombian government of abusing power with the support of the United States, newspaper El Diario reported.

Since the parties were involved to reach an agreement, lthe prosecutor's office will have to determine a date for the process to continue, said radio station La FM.

On March 12, seven former officials of Colombia's Administrative Security Department, DAS, were sentenced t0 prison on charges of psychological torture against Duque.

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.