Mary Luz Avendaño

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Colombian journalists: between threats, exile

Medellín has the highest homicide rate in Colombia . (Reuters)

To be a journalist in Colombia, in a city like Medellín, is not easy -- even less so if you cover issues related to narcotrafficking.

Despite efforts by the authorities to control outbreaks of violence linked to drug trafficking, especially in the city's poorest neighborhoods, the situation isn't improving. According to the prosecutor's office, Medellín has the highest homicide rate in the country and one of the worst in Latin America.

October 7, 2011 4:10 PM ET

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Investigative journalist threatened in Colombia

Mary Luz Avendaño, a reporter for the Colombian daily El Espectador, was threatened on June 22, 2011, according to local news reports and CPJ interviews. Avendaño, the newspaper's correspondent in the city of Medellín, had recently written two investigative pieces concerning narcotraffickers and their connections with the local police. 

July 27, 2011 12:52 PM ET

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