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Colombian intelligence agency denies spying on opponents and journalists

"[Colombia's] National Intelligence Directorate (DNI, for its acronym in Spanish), under the Presidency of the Republic, categorically denied accusations about the alleged illegal interception of communications belonging to opposition politicians and journalists. In a press release, the DNI rejected these accusations and denied the existence of the alleged group called Orión, which, according to rumors, […]

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FLIP rejects mayor's alleged stigmatization of journalists from Tuluá, Colombia

"Through a statement, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish) rejected what it called stigmatization that the mayor of Tuluá, Valle del Cauca, Gustavo Vélez, made on social networks where he generally linked the journalistic work of local media with interests of the criminal gang 'La Inmaculada,' which commits crimes in […]

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IACHR grants precautionary measures to journalist Aldemar Solano Cuellar and son in Colombia

"The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 32/2024 on May 16, 2024, by which it granted precautionary measures to journalist Aldemar Solano Cuellar, and his son, after considering that they are in a serious and urgent situation, since their rights to life and personal integrity face a risk of irreparable harm in Colombia. […]

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Documentary reveals challenges of being a journalist in Amazon region

"The Amazon is often a hostile territory for those who fight for freedom of the press and the right to access information. Illegal economies, groups outside the law, political interference and the lack of structure and resources are challenges for journalists, communicators, environmental activists and human rights defenders working in the region. These professionals are […]

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FLIP warns that President Gustavo Petro 'persists in his strategy of delegitimizing journalism' in Colombia

“[Colombia's] Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in Spanish) spoke out this Wednesday [May 15] regarding President Gustavo Petro's recent questions, objections and criticisms against several media outlets and journalists. Along these lines, the organization warned that the Head of State 'persists in his strategy of delegitimizing journalism.' According to FLIP, in recent […]

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Colombian president responds to journalist about possible irregularities in financing of presidential campaign

"Colombia's National Electoral Council (CNE, for its Spanish acronym) initiated an investigation into possible irregularities in the financing of the campaign that led Gustavo Petro to the presidency of the country. The Colombian president has used his social media accounts to defend himself from these accusations. In his last publication on his X account, President […]

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Ecuador delivers classified documents to relatives of El Comercio journalists murdered in 2018

"This Thursday [May 9], the Ecuadoran government delivered classified documents to relatives of the journalistic team from newspaper El Comercio that was murdered in 2018. The documents were from deliberations of the Security Council during the time the team was abducted by a dissident group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its […]

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Photojournalists from Chile, Colombia and Mexico among AP's 2024 Pulitzer-winning team for work on immigration

Six Latin American photojournalists are part of the Associated Press (AP) team that was awarded with the 2024 Pulitzer Prize in the Feature Photography category. This year's Pulitzer winners were announced this Monday, May 6. The awarded Latin American photojournalists are Fernando Llano and Iván Valencia, from Colombia; Marco Ugarte and Eduardo Verdugo, from Chile; […]

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Colombia's Revista Cambio denounces extortion following publication of journalistic investigation

In an editorial published this Sunday, May 5, Colombian magazine Cambio announced a case of extortion and cyber attacks against it, allegedly by “an international network that defrauds cancer patients” and whose objective is to “erase a journalistic investigation that exposes them.” As reported, the story began on July 17, 2023 when an investigation was […]

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Colombia: Former deputy director of defunct intelligence department sentenced for psychological torture of journalist Claudia Duque

“This Tuesday [April 30] the Tenth Criminal Court of the Specialized Circuit of Bogotá convicted former deputy director of the DAS [defunct Colombian intelligence department], Emiro Rojas Granados, and former agent Néstor Javier Pachón Bermúdez for illegal surveillance and harassment, which amounted to aggravated torture of journalist Claudia Julieta Duque Orrego. According to the 226-page […]