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November 4, 2014

Colombia: Neo-Nazi groups have been threatening journalist for two years

Gustavo Rugeles , the editor of the Bogotá-based news website Las 2 Orillas , has been receiving threats from neo-Nazi groups for the past two years and is still getting them, although the protection he receives from the state was recently reduced after a risk evaluation. In the latest instance, Alberto Acosta, a member of the far-right group Restauración Nacional, called Rugeles on October 29 to demand the withdrawal of a recent post, and threatened to come and “deal with you” personally when... MORE
October 15, 2014

Journalist refuses to quit, is forcefully removed from newspaper premises in Venezuela

Security officials of Grupo Últimas Noticias (Grupo ÚN) forcefully removed journalist Odell López , the ÚN political correspondent, from the media conglomerate's facilities on October 1 after refusing to quit her job last September 30, when the HR department asked her to resign, according to Instituto Prensa y Sociedad de Venezuela . After this incident, the journalist went to the public prosecutor's office on October 2 to file a complaint. Based on an article published on the National... MORE
October 1, 2014

Journalists threatened with death in three Colombian states

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed alarm at death threats against numerous journalists in different states in Colombia over the past week and calls on authorities to ensure the journalists' safety. All of the journalists had reported on criminal activities in the region. "Local criminal groups are unabashedly and publicly threatening journalists as a means of silencing reporting on their activities," said Carlos Lauría, CPJ's senior programme coordinator for the Americas, from... MORE
September 9, 2014

Colombian journalist Amalfi Rosales flees after death threats

Colombian journalist Amalfi Rosales has fled her home in northern La Guajira state and is seeking government protection after gunmen fired at her house, and she received death threats, according to news reports. Rosales told the Committee to Protect Journalists the threats began after she reported on alleged links between a former state governor and criminal groups. "It is disturbing that journalist Amalfi Rosales has been repeatedly threatened after reporting on alleged criminal activity by... MORE
August 15, 2014

IFJ demands Colombian authorities investigate murder of journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on Colombian authorities to investigate the brutal murder of the journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes in north west Colombia and to ensure that his killers answer for their crimes. According to media reports, Cervantes, journalist and director of the radio station, Morena FM, based in the township of Tarazá, in Antioquia, was killed at noon yesterday, Wednesday 13 August, on the road that leads from Tarazá to La Caucana. Eyewitness... MORE
August 14, 2014

Colombian radio director killed after receiving threats

Colombian authorities should immediately investigate the murder of a journalist on Tuesday and apprehend the killers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Luis Carlos Cervantes Solano had received threats related to his reporting since 2010, according to news reports. Unidentified gunmen shot Cervantes, who was on a motorcycle, in the municipality of Tarazá in the Bajo Cauca region of Antioquia state, according to news reports. Cervantes was the director of the community radio... MORE
April 12, 2014

Colombia: Repeat threats to journalist as her torture case advances

Radio Nizkor’s Claudia Julieta Duque is an investigative journalist who has been harassed, threatened, followed and kidnapped in 2001 after covering fellow journalist Jaime Garzón’s August 1999 murder in Bogotá. She was able to prove in 2009 that the Colombian Department of Security (DAS) was behind most of these intimidations. The criminal proceedings against her alleged torturers are finally progressing for the first time in more than a decade. Jorge Armando Rubiano Jiménez, a former senior... MORE
January 15, 2014

Three radio journalists threatened in Colombia

The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Colombian authorities to ensure the safety of three radio journalists in the southern state of Guaviare who have received death threats in response to their coverage of an upcoming recall vote that could remove the local governor from office. Erika Londoño , Gustavo Chicangana , and Jorge Ramírez work for Caracol Radio Guaviare , one of five stations in the state capital of San José del Guaviare, and have covered the February 2 recall vote that will... MORE
July 6, 2011

Colombia: One journalist murdered, two others threatened after covering sensitive stories

Colombian journalist Luis Eduardo Gómez in Arboletes, was murdered last week in the northwestern department of Antioquia. Threats have also been issued against two journalists, Medellín-based Mary Luz Avendaño and Bogotá-based Gonzalo Guillén, in unrelated cases, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. It urged the authorities to implement strong protective measures that guarantee the safety of journalists. Gómez, 70, who worked for two newspapers, El... MORE
June 10, 2011

Colombia: Days after gasoline attack, TV station owner told to leave town

Mario Estebán López , the owner and director of regional TV station Canal 22 RAV Televisión, could be executed if he does not leave the city of Ipiales, in the southwestern department of Nariño, by June 11, according to a warning he received on the night of June 8, nine days after he was nearly killed by three unidentified attackers armed with gasoline. In the attack with gasoline, which took place on May 31, he was ambushed in his car near his home and came close to being strangled and burned... MORE