Colombia's civil conflict once again took a brutal
toll on the country's press, with journalists threatened, attacked,
kidnapped, and murdered. At least three journalists were killed for
their work in 2002, and CPJ continues to investigate the slayings of
five others whose deaths may have been related to their reporting. At
year's end, Colombia's overburdened justice system appeared far from
solving any of these murders, perpetuating a climate of impunity that
leaves the media wide open to attacks.