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Police were too quick to dismiss that a Colombian journalist found stabbed to death last week was killed because of his work, say the Foundation for Press Freedom (Fundacíon para la Libertad de Prensa, FLIP), the Institute for Press and Society (Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad, IPYS) the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and other rights groups.

Colleagues found radio reporter Javier Darío Arroyave murdered in his home in Cartago, a city in the western department of Valle del Cauca, on 5 September. Arroyave's laptop computer and some of his belongings were taken, although there were no signs of forced entry. Police ruled out work-related motives but FLIP and IPYS say further investigation is needed. Police are searching for three individuals.

Arroyave, host of the news programme "Cómo les parece", news director for the Onda del Valle radio station in Cartago, and correspondent for the national daily "El Tiempo", was known for his criticism of corruption and mismanagement in the municipal and departmental governments. According to FLIP, "Cómo les parece" was temporarily suspended in 2005 for fear that then-Cartago mayor Luis Alberto Castro would cancel advertising and mayoral interviews for the show. Arroyave had criticised the way the mayor's office had handled some public contracts.

Cartago is also infamous as the centre of activities of the Norte del Valle drug cartel, led by Diego "Don Diego" León Montoya Sánchez.

Visit these links:
- FLIP on silencing of "Cómo les parece":
- Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières):
- Committee to Protect Journalists:
- Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR):
(11 September 2007)

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