The Centre of Solidarity of the International Federation of Journalists (Ceso-FIP), indicated the first semester of 2009 was deadly for press freedom in Colombia, in particular for women journalists, with one woman journalist murdered and 17 attacked.
On February 5, the lifeless body of young journalist María Eugenia Guerrero, was discovered on the outskirts of Tulcan, Ecuador. Forensic exams proved Guerrero was beaten to death and sexually assaulted.
Maria Eugenia was last seen on February 2, when she mentioned a trip to Ipiales where she collaborated with several media organisations. The case remains unsolved.
The aggressions recorded by Ceso-FIP range from death threats through pamphlets, verbal aggressions from public officials, judicial harassment, obstacles to journalistic coverage, and cases of journalists spied on and communications intercepted by the Administrative Department of Security (DAS).
Read "Mujeres Periodistas en Colombia: Doble Desafío": http://fipcolombia.com/noticiaAmpliar.php?noticia=3202