International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today denounced death threats
against well known Colombian journalist, Herbin Hoyos, who has been forced to
seek refuge in Europe following a suspicious accident
involving his bodyguards in the north of the Colombian capital, Bogotá.
by his work over 18 years on Radio Caracol's programme Las Voces del
Secuestro (The voices of the kidnapped), Herbin Hoyos has won several
international prizes because of his broadcast of testimonies from families of hostages
abducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Some of these
hostages, including the French Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, declared after
their liberation that Hoyos' programme sustained them during captivity.
condemn the threats against Herbin Hoyos and those who make them, whether be
the FARC as it seems, or whoever else," said Paco
Audije, Deputy Secretary General of the IFJ: "The exile forced
on this popular Colombian colleague deeply saddens us as it reminds us of the price
paid by journalists in Colombia and in other parts of Latin America to fight censorship."
to reports, Herbin himself once was a hostage of FARC for 17 days in March
1993. As a reporter, he has also covered many international conflicts.
his exile in Madrid,
the journalist intends to continue broadcasting his weekly program Las Voces
del Secuestro and is also planning to lead a convoy of motorbikes
around some European countries to highlight the practice of hostage taking by
the FARC which continues in the
IFJ says that Herbin has survived previous attempts on his life like many Colombian
journalists who put their lives on the line every day to defend a pluralist and
For more information contact the IFJ at
+32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide