Colombia Condemned for Treatment of Journalists

News from Colombia | on: Thursday, 1 May 2008

A new report has named the Colombian Government as the fourth worst in the world when it comes to protecting journalists and prosecuting those that murder journalists. Released yesterday by the New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists, the new report places Colombia behind only Iraq, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

The report, entitled "Getting Away with Murder" says of Colombia that "in the vast majority of cases, journalists were targeted for their coverage and murdered". It also mentions that in at least 20 cases since 1998, Colombian reporters have been killed and the Colombian authorities have convicted nobody.

"Every time a journalist is murdered and the killer is allowed to walk free it sends a terrible signal to the press and to others who would harm journalists," said Joel Simon the Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. "The governments on this list simply must do more to demonstrate a real commitment to a free press. Lip service won't help save journalists' lives."

Justice for Colombia has long monitored attacks against journalists in Colombia and a comprehensive list of recent killings can be found in our Human Rights Database at http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/?link=4_2

For a copy of the full report referred to above see http://www.cpj.org/impunityindex/index.html and for previous JFC coverage of attacks on journalists in Colombia see:

Reporter Receives Threats, March 2008 http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/187/

Journalist Receives Death Threats after Government Corruption Reporting, February 2008 http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/147/

National Police Commander Threatens Journalist, November 2007

http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/94/

More Threats Against Journalists, October 2007 http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/71/

Journalists Threatened, October 2007 http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/news/article/44/



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