Journalists Killed  |  Colombia

Nelson Carvajal Carvajal

Radio Sur

April 16, 1998, in Pitalito, Colombia

Carvajal, a highly regarded radio journalist in the town of Pitalito, Huila Department, was shot 10 times outside the elementary school where he taught. The gunman and an accomplice escaped by motorcycle, according to several eyewitnesses. Carvajal was the producer of five community programs on Radio Sur, a local affiliate of Radio Cadena Nacional. In addition to programming on topics ranging from health services to rural development, Carvajal provided investigative reporting about alleged government corruption. In one case, Carvajal reported that the former mayor of Pitalito had misappropriated public funds. On January 5, 1999, police arrested the former mayor and two other local politicians, all owners of a local construction company.

Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: Corruption

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Partial

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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