Jaime Garzón

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Alerts   |   Colombia

Colombian official convicted of 'psychological torture' of journalist

Bogotá, Colombia, December 22, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the conviction of a former high-ranking Colombian intelligence official who on December 19 was sentenced to 11 years in prison for carrying out a campaign of aggression and death threats against investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, according to news reports.

Alerts   |   Colombia

Colombian intelligence official held in journalist’s murder

New York, June 30, 2010—A former deputy director of the national Colombian intelligence agency has been ordered held for masterminding the 1999 murder of journalist Jaime Garzón. José Miguel Narváez is currently behind bars awaiting trial in a separate case.

June 30, 2010 5:31 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Colombia

Attacks on the Press 2009: Colombia

Top Developments
• Provincial journalists face threats from all sides in civil conflict.
• Convictions gained in one journalist murder; progress reported in other cases.

Key Statistic
2003: Year that national intelligence agents began spying on journalists and other critics.


The strained relationship between the government and the Bogotá-based independent press worsened after news media revealed that the national intelligence agency had been spying on leading critics, including journalists. The press continued to be caught in the middle of the ongoing civil conflict as officials made loaded accusations and far-right paramilitary and leftist guerrilla groups terrorized provincial reporters. In an important step in the fight against impunity, a court convicted the masterminds in a 2003 journalist killing. While CPJ research has shown a gradual decline in journalist murders over the last five years, one reporter was slain in reprisal for his work in 2009.

February 16, 2010 12:43 AM ET

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Blog   |   Colombia

Newsweekly reveals twist in Colombian wiretapping scandal

Last week’s cover story in the leading Colombian newsweekly Semana—known for investigations that have shaken the core of the administration of President Alvaro Uribe Vélez—revealed further evidence of illegal wiretapping of journalists by the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), the country’s national intelligence service. The article, titled “A handbook for threats,” disclosed outrageous details about the intimidation techniques used by the DAS on journalists it considered dangerous.
December 15, 2009 10:15 AM ET

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Blog   |   Colombia

The long road ahead after masterminds' conviction

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.

January 23, 2009 4:25 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Colombia

In landmark case, ex-officials convicted in slaying

New York, January 22, 2009--The convictions of three former public officials on charges of plotting the 2003 murder of Colombian radio commentator José Emeterio Rivas represent a historic step forward in the campaign to end impunity in the killings of journalists, CPJ said today. The three are the first masterminds to be convicted and imprisoned in a journalist killing in Colombia since 1992, CPJ research shows.

January 22, 2009 4:52 PM ET

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Dangerous Assignments Colombia

Untold Stories

Threatened on all sides, Colombia's news media muzzle themselves.

Dangerous Assignments Colombia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland

Colombia Briefing: Bad Press

This Colombian warlord cultivates journalists. He also murders them. For Carlos Castaño, it's all about image.

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