IAPA concerned about judicial harassment against journalists from Volcánicas in Colombia

  • Source: IAPA
  • February 20, 2024

"The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) expressed concern over the use of civil and criminal lawsuits against two journalists from the Colombian digital media Volcánicas, with the alleged intention of obstructing journalistic investigations of public interest.

The founding journalists of Volcánicas, Catalina Ruiz-Navarro and Matilde de los Milagros Londoño Jaramillo, published an investigation in June 2020 that collected anonymous complaints from nine women against a well-known Colombian film director, Ciro Guerra.


Guerra filed various legal actions, including a civil and a criminal lawsuit, in which he requested a substantial compensation from the journalists, amounting to one million dollars for alleged damages and harm to his name and public image, as reported by the Colombian press.


The journalists countersued Guerra, seeking compensation for damages to their mental and physical health caused by the legal harassment. The initial hearing for the case is scheduled for March 4."

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