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In Colombia, criminal gangs pose new press threat

The following is a CPJ Blog post by John Otis, CPJ Andes Consultant:

Next to the mayor's office in the northern Colombian town of Caucasia sits a monument to government dysfunction: a half-built public library with broken windows, a water-stained floor, and rusting reinforcement rods protruding from concrete pillars.

According to news reports, construction mysteriously ground to a halt after the town government spent about a million dollars on the project. But when local journalist Rober Nieto recently tried to investigate, a town official warned him to back off.

Read the full story on CPJ's website.