Journalists Killed  |  Colombia

Oscar García Calderón

El Espectador

February 22, 1998, in Bogotá, Colombia

García, a bullfighting reporter for the Bogotá daily El Espectador, was forced into a taxi by unidentified assailants as he was leaving the newspaper's offices. He was shot three times, and his body was dumped near the attorney general's office. In the year before his murder, according to colleagues at the paper, García had uncovered links between drug traffickers and bullfighting and had proposed writing a book on the subject. García had asked a colleague to arrange a secret meeting with the attorney general to explain how traffickers used bullfighting and cattle ranching to launder money.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Crime, Sports

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: Yes

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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