FLIP rejects threats to withdraw advertising resources from Colombian media: 'blackmail that attacks journalistic independence'

  • Source: FLIP
  • May 17, 2021

"The [Colombian] Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish) rejects that congress members and political and business sectors threaten to use official advertising resources with the purpose of controlling the media narrative. This practice of instrumentalization of public money to control debate and favor discourse is a clear and direct blackmail that shows undemocratic behavior and represents an attack on journalistic independence.

On May 12, El Espectador published a complaint against congress members Alejandro Corrales and Gabriel Jaime Vallejo Chujfi, from the Democratic Center, who participated in a meeting where they spoke, among various topics related to social demonstrations, about the possibility of pressuring media through advertising to moderate their narrative."


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