October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia November 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report of fact-finding visit – “Cúcuta, dangerous crossroads for the Colombian press” ColombiaAmericas Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Reports Follow the news on Colombia News RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders issues a report on the plight of the press in Cúcuta (in northeastern Colombia) following a fact-finding visit there on 9-10 February. It was here that Julio Palacios Sánchez (photo) of Radio Lema was gunned down on 11 January. A microcosm of the country’s conflicts, Cúcuta shows how dangerous it is to be a journalist in Colombia. News Reporters Without Borders today issued a report on the perils for journalists in Cúcuta, a border city in north-eastern Colombia. The report is the result of a fact-finding visit to the city conducted jointly with other organizations (including a Reporters Without Borders partner) on 9-10 February. Its publication coincides with the anniversary of the assassination of politician Jorge Eliécer Gaitán on 9 April 1948, seen as the start of Colombia’s endemic political violence.This year began tragically for the Colombian press with the murder of Julio Palacios Sánchez of Radio Lema on 11 January in Cúcuta. Located at the heart of a region on which different armed groups – guerrillas, paramilitaries and drug traffickers – have all converged, the city saw eight of the 38 cases of serious threats against the press registered in Colombia by Reporters Without Borders in 2004. Several journalists had to stop working and leave the region. Others who have decided to stay censor themselves for their protection.This is the situation that prompted the joint fact-finding visit by Reporters Without Borders (of France and Sweden), the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (a Colombian organization partnered with Reporters Without Borders), the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (of Peru) and International Media Support (of Denmark). The team’s members questioned some 20 representatives of local and national media, as well as various local government, judicial and military officials.The visit not only highlighted the permanent pressure which the press must endure in this explosive microcosm of Colombia’s conflicts, it also revealed a still tenacious climate of impunity and a shocking lack of responsibility on the part of the authorities as regards the plight of the city’s journalists. The deputy mayor, for example, told the visiting team he had never heard of any attacks against the press. The police chief told the team that Julio Palacios Sánchez’s murder was a “black speck on an otherwise white handkerchief.”This irresponsibility is another danger for the Colombia news media and a real threat to press freedom in Colombia. ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more
Meanwhile Coach Sam Okpodu had something to cheer him up when his bottom club Ikorodu United pipped his former club Warri Wolves.Former international Okpodu was assistant coach when Wolves finished runners-up last season, but he failed to stay put at his hometown club this term after a pay dispute.His immediate task now is to ensure Ikorodu United are not relegated in their debut season in the top flight.Fatai Oluwadayo’s well-taken free kick goal after 42 minutes proved to be the match winner for Ikorodu United on the day.The Lagos club swarmed over their visitors from the first whistle and deserved their fourth win of the season.They move away from the bottom of the table with 16 points from 19 matches.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Rivers United have returned to the summit of the Nigeria league after they beat Akwa United by a lone goal yesterday courtesy of a fourth minute strike by on-form Bernard Ovoke. It was Ovoke’s fifth goal of the season.The Port Harcourt club now have 34 points from 19 matches, while erstwhile leaders Rangers will only play tomorrow night against regional rivals Heartland.In other matches played yesterday, Nasarawa United beat Lobi 2-1, Heartland and Plateau United played out a goalless draw and troubled Shooting Stars defeated Abia Warriors 2-0.