Reporter Receives Threats

News from Colombia | on: Tuesday, 4 March 2008

A Colombian journalist in the city of Ibague, Tolima department, has received death threats following his criticism of the inadequacies in regional Government construction programs. Family members of Jose Salaz Trujillo, an active member of the journalists' trade union ASOPRENSA, have also received threats.

The treats began on February 21st when his wife received a phone call threatening Mr Salaz. The caller said that if the journalist continued with his work, they would take away his daughter and destroy his house. The call came shortly after Mr Salaz had looked into how regional government funds were being used in relation to local housing projects.

Shortly afterwards his son, who lives in the nearby town of Coqueta, also received a death threat. He, along with his wife, two children and mother-in-law, subsequently fled his home after another call implied that he was in imminent danger.

Mr Salaz said "I am scared, I want to protect my family, my life and I want to continue working for local communities on issues of public spaces and as a journalist."

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