Press freedom rejects threats against journalists in Cúcuta

Press freedom rejects threats against journalists in Cúcuta
Press freedom rejects threats against journalists in Cúcuta

“As a consequence of the escalation of attacks and the absence of guarantees and responses from the authorities, some journalists have preferred to refrain from publishing information related to security issues, judicial matters and actions of criminal gangs, for fear of suffering reprisals” added FLIP.

This situation led some journalists to self-impose restrictions on the publication of information related to sensitive topics such as security and the actions of criminal gangs., for fear of reprisals. Faced with this reality, FLIP made a strong call to the authorities, urging the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate both the pamphlet and other cases of violence against the press.

The foundation requests that the National Protection Unit review and adjust protection schemes according to the high risk faced by communicators in Cúcuta. Likewise, local authorities have been urged to develop effective prevention and protection strategies to guarantee the safety of those who practice journalism in the city.

It is essential that concrete measures be taken to protect freedom of expression and journalistic practice in Cúcuta, forcefully confronting any threat or act of violence that puts the informative work and safety of communicators at risk.


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