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Fabricated attacks by Colombian journalists mask real dangers

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

Although Colombian journalists are frequently threatened by Marxist guerrillas, criminal gangs, and corrupt politicians trying to silence them, two recent cases that created widespread concern--including alerts from CPJ--were fabricated by the very reporters who claimed to have been targeted.

Such rare fabrications are unfortunate because they can distract from the very real threats facing journalists in a dangerous country like Colombia. At least 46 journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work in the country since 1992, according to CPJ research, and many more have been killed in less clear circumstances. While the violence has subsided somewhat in recent years, impunity in the murders of journalists is entrenched, and threats and violence to Colombian journalists persist.

Read the full story on CPJ's site.

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