The conviction of the masterminds of
José Emeterio Rivas' murder did not surprise his colleagues in Barrancabermeja,
a city in the northern Santander
province, where the journalist was shot in 2003. The former mayor's involvement
in the crime and his relationship with paramilitary forces was a well-known
secret in the city. Despite witnesses' fear and lack of confidence in the
judicial process, the truth finally saw the light of day.