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IACHR to study the murder of Colombian journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón

"The murder of Colombian journalist and humorist Jaime Garzón, perpetrated on Aug. 13, 1999, will reach the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which will study the violation of the fundamental rights to life, personal integrity and freedom of thought and expression involved in his homicide. In this regard, the IACHR admitted the petition that […]

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Colombia: One year after journalist Efraín Montalvo's murder, FLIP denounces lack of progress in investigation

"One year ago, on Sept. 19, 2021, journalist Marcos Efraín Montalvo was murdered in Tuluá, Valle del Cauca, Colombia. [...] His murder created an atmosphere of self-censorship and made visible the risks faced by the press in the region. For the [Colombian] Prosecutor's Office, one of the hypotheses is that the murder was related to […]

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Colombian court confirms State responsibility in the murder of journalist Edison Molina, killed in 2013

"FLIP welcomes the appeals court decision of the Administrative Court of Antioquia, Colombia, confirming the responsibility of the State in the case of the murder of journalist Edison Molina. This decision was made based on the absolutely passive position adopted by the State in the face of the situation of danger faced by the journalist. […]

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Colombian Constitutional Court to review journalist's action against the National Protection Unit for personal data collection

"The Constitutional Court [of Colombia] selected for review a tutela (constitutional protection action) filed by journalist Claudia Julieta Duque against the National Protection Unit (UNP, by its Spanish acronym) for having collected, without her consent, 25,183 records through the GPS of the vehicle assigned for her protection. She claims she was a victim of illegal […]

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Journalist Leiner Montero and broadcaster Dilia Contreras shot to death in Magdalena, Colombia

"FLIP regrets and rejects the murder of journalists Leiner Montero and Dilia Contreras, in a village of Fundación, Magdalena department [Colombia], which took place yesterday, Aug. 28. Montero was well known in the region and, according to sources close to him, had received death threats prior to his murder. Montero was the director of the […]

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Espionage operation against Cuban officials in Colombia included journalists, Revista Raya revealed

"Journalistic revelations published by Raya Magazine warn of a case of espionage that directly or indirectly affected Colombian and foreign journalists. According to the investigation, agents of the Colombian State traced contacts of the Cuban political attaché Joel Marrero Enríquez, who according to the Colombian government was carrying out espionage activities. As a result of this […]

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23 years after the murder of journalist Jaime Garzón, Colombians demand justice and truth

"You may remember him for his oval glasses and droopy eyes, for the smile he always gave to viewers and for the contrast between the reflections and the humorous criticisms he made about Colombia, a country that at that time was in the midst of a violent scenario composed of paramilitary groups and the extinct […]

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Colombia: FLIP warns about the advance of judicial harassment by former prosecutor Néstor Humberto Martínez against journalist Cecilia Orozco

"On July 14, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) warned about the progress of the lawsuit for libel and slander that is being pursued against the director of Noticias Uno and columnist of the newspaper El Espectador, Cecilia Orozco, which was filed by the former Attorney General of the Nation, Néstor Humberto Martínez, in 2019. […]

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Colombian prosecutor moves forward in criminal proceedings against columnist Yohir Akerman

"The  Colombian Prosecutor's Office scheduled an indictment hearing against columnist Yohir Akerman for Aug. 5, for the criminal proceeding for defamation, initiated by former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez in 2020. It is an anomalous case and a mechanism of intimidation against the press and freedom of opinion. In the column titled 'Facts,' published on May […]

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Latin American organizations denounce siege against the press in Colombia during presidential campaign

"The undersigned organizations highlight the risks of the rhetoric used against the media during the current electoral campaign in Colombia. This creates an environment that attempts to impide the exercise of freedom of the press, reduces the diversity of information and limits the content that citizens can access. It also raises deep concerns about the […]