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Editor slain after receiving threats

After receiving threats for years for reporting on links between local politicians, landowners and right-wing paramilitary groups, a 50-year-old Colombian journalist was shot to death on 19 March, report the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Clodomiro Castilla Ospino, editor and owner of the magazine "El Pulso del Tiempo" and correspondent for La Voz de Montería, was killed as he sat reading a book outside his house, in Montería, Córdoba, northern Colombia. He was known for his condemnations of corruption in the region.

"Provincial reporters are particularly at risk and often refrain from reporting on sensitive subjects. Castilla courageously did not practice self-censorship, and his murder highlights the need for authorities to show their commitment to protecting the press," said CPJ.

Castilla Ospino participated in a journalist protection programme from August 2006 to February 2009, reports FLIP. In November 2009, he requested that the security measures, including a bodyguard, be reinstated. The protection program refused, saying he was not in danger based on a recent risk analysis.

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