Soccer fan threatens Colombian journalist

By Liliana Honorato

A Colombian journalist received a death threat by a fan of the soccer club Deportes Tolima for publishing a photograph where the fan appeared in a quarrel inside a soccer field after a game, an incident that ended with 33 fans being arrested and 10 policemen hurt, according to the newspaper El Tiempo.

Ricardo Torres Correa, a freelance journalist for El Tiempo, said that the man who threatened him approached him Friday, March 30, and told him that the photograph had caused him many problems, the newspaper El Nuevo Día reported.

The confrontation occurred during the presentation of the soccer team Vinotinto’s new uniforms, and a policeman offered the journalist help after he saw what was happening, according to The Associated Press.

The Journalists Group of Tolima (CPT in Spanish) and Anpress Colombia denounced the threat and offered their solidarity to the journalist, El Tiempo added.

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.