Colombia - Alerts
The report that journalist Paul Bacares is currently preparing highlights the ability of the armed groups to infiltrate the legal economy and their links to local politicians and other public figures.
What happened to Langlois should serve as an opportunity to reflect on the safety issues that journalists covering armed conflict must deal with regularly in Colombia.
Those responsible for the attack have not been identified yet but Londoño had been receiving threats from the FARC.
Roméo Langlois, a correspondent for the France 24 television station and the newspaper Le Figaro
, was accompanying an army and police operation against FARC coca laboratories as part of his work on a documentary on drug trafficking when he went missing.
Dionisia Morales, a radio host with Briceno, received death threats via text messages and telephone calls, she told CPJ. The caller identified himself as a member of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia, one of a handful of drug-trafficking gangs operating in the country.
The La Voz de la Tierra station director said that the threats against Jesús Antonio Pareja may have been linked to a recent report on land restitution.
While noting the speed with which the police and judicial authorities acted in this case, RSF cannot be satisfied with a verdict that reveals nothing about the motive for the journalist’s murder.
The suspected gunman reportedly told investigators that he was to have received 1 million pesos (approx. € 420) for murdering Cárdenas Agudelo, who owned and reported for Metro Radio and served as Dosquebradas mayor in the late 1990s.
"Argemiro Cárdenas Agudelo was in the Metro Radio offices when he received a phone call and arranged a meeting with the caller. He was on his way to meet this person when he was shot and killed," said the local police chief.
Bladimir Sánchez Espitia had been working with the Association of Communities Affected by the Quimbo Hydroelectric Project (Asoquimbo) for a few months when he made the video of an eviction.
Héctor Gómez Arguello has been reporting on residents' complaints that a local aqueduct project was mismanaged.
The organisation views the actions against journalists as particularly worrisome since they affect the ability of citizens to obtain information and vote in an informed manner.
Luis Agustín González was sued by politician Leonor Serrano de Camargo over an editorial that questioned her bid for election to Congress.
Journalist Ana Maria Ferrer had reported on irregularities in the mining industry and royalty payments; she is also a correspondent for FLIP.
The authorities have been silent since Claudia Duque sent a letter to the president requesting his intervention and the journalist has every reason to be worried, says RSF.
After the publication of the journalists' stories that alleged that Uribe may have been involved in illegal actions, the former president accused Forero and Duque of being sympathisers of terrorism and accomplices of leftist guerrillas.
Although the police have provided Mary Luz Avendaño with protective measures, due to continued fears for her safety the journalist decided to leave the country.
The local authorities have said Luis Eduardo Gómez was on his way home when two unidentified men approached and shot him several times.
Mary Luz Avendaño has been reporting on an ongoing turf war between drug trafficking groups and the gangs' links to the police.
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The organisation calls on the Colombian authorities to investigate the purchase by unidentified individuals of all copies of an edition of the "El Heraldo" newspaper.