Threatened Colombian journalist refuses to leave town, receives police protection

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  • September 6, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Luis Carlos Cervantes, correspondent for Teleantioquia in Tarazá, is being protected by police after receiving anonymous death threats that told him to leave town within 72 hours, reported El Espectador and RCN Noticias.

According to El Tiempo, the 26-year-old journalist believes the threats are related to his stories linking politicians with guerrilla groups, or the conflicts between drug trafficking gangs. Still, Cervantes decided to remain in Tarazá, confined to his house.

Both the Journalism Association of Antioquia (APA) and the Colombian Federation of Journalists (FECOLPER) condemned the situation and called for better protection for Cervantes, added EFE.

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.