FLIP denounces censorship following judge's order to remove information from Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell's book

  • Source: FLIP
  • February 20, 2024

A judge in Bogotá, Colombia, ordered journalist Daniel Coronell and the publisher Penguin Random House to eliminate information from the book "Los niños del Amazonas: 40 días perdidos en la selva" (The Children of the Amazon. 40 Days Lost in the Jungle), on the grounds that it allegedly violates the privacy of minors.

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, by its acronym in Spanish) criticized the decision and asked the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Bogota to revoke it, arguing that the information was already public knowledge prior to the publication of the book and that the judge's decision would constitute a case of judicial harassment.

"[...] Through legal mechanisms, a person, who in this case is the alleged aggressor [of the minors in question], seeks to censor reports of sexual violence and prevent their disclosure in order to prevent them from becoming public knowledge," the organization said in a statement.

"The judge's mandates are disproportionate and unjustified, and the rights to freedom of expression and privacy of minors were not properly analyzed."

Read original statement (in Spanish)