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FLIPYS WORKSHOPS ADDRESS ACCESS TO INFO AND INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM IN COLOMBIA

Alliance FLIPYS, a new partnership between the Foundation for Press Freedom (Fundacíon para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP) and the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) is running a series of workshops for journalists in Colombia on investigative journalism and access to information, with a special emphasis on how to uncover information on the "demobilised" paramilitaries.

Nearly five years after the first batch of 30,000 paramilitaries was disbanded, the Alliance FLIPYS workshops will inform participants on the best ways to practise investigative journalism while knowing their legal restrictions and rights of access, especially when covering the demobilisation process.

Particular attention will be paid to how the Law of Justice and Peace is enforced. Adopted in July 2005, the law gives former paramilitaries substantial sentence reductions in exchange for confessing their crimes and disarming.

The next workshop will be in Cúcuta on 28 and 29 September, followed by two other sessions in Cali and Barranquilla.

For more information or if you would like to attend, email: [email protected] or visit: http://www.flip.org.co/veralerta.php?idAlerta=246

(11 September 2007)

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