International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today strongly condemned the
murder of Diego Rojas Velásquez, reporter and cameraman of Supía TV, who was shot
dead on 22 September in Caramanta-Antioquía, Caldas province.
condemn this appalling killing of the journalist in Colombia, the fifth since the start
of this year," said Eduardo Márquez, president of the Colombian Federation of
Journalists (FECOLPER) and vice-president of the Federation of Journalists from
Latin American and the Caribbean (FEPALC). "It is a sad reminder to us and Colombia
journalists of the distance we still have to travel until all media workers can
exercise their job in full safety and without risking their lives."
CESO-FI, IFJ office for the safety of journalists in Colombia says that Colombian
journalists face threats from armed and paramilitary groups, common criminals
and drug traffickers. There are also cases of threats from members of the
security forces, civil servants and Government's officials
work CESO-FIP contributes considerably to improving the security of journalists
in that country," said Paco Audije,
Deputy Secretary General of the IFJ, "But there are still attacks and killings
that show a deep rooted culture of impunity. The authorities have to take seriously
our calls for protection of our colleagues".
mayor of Supía town where the victim lived was quoted in Diario La Patria newspaper as saying that the motive of the murder
remains unclear as the authorities knew nothing about any threats to the
IFJ and FEPALC are calling for a genuine and speedy investigation in the murder
to identify the killers and plotters of this crime and bring them to justice.
For more information
contact the IFJ at +32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists
in 123 countries worldwide