Concern about repeated threats to journalist probing murder case

first_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies September 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about repeated threats to journalist probing murder case May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation ColombiaAmericas to go further Follow the news on Colombia News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en center_img ColombiaAmericas News News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders expressed “great concern” today about repeated “serious threats” to a freelance journalist, Claudia Julieta Duque, who has accused Colombia’s intelligence service, the DAS, of interfering with the investigation of the 1999 murder of journalist and satirist Jaime Garzón.It urged the state prosecutor to make a rapid and thorough enquiry to find out where they were coming from, as a way to protect her.”She has asked the local prosecutor to look into the threats but he appears to have lost the case file,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We fear the threats may be linked to her enquiries into the Garzón murder.”Duque has frequently been followed, harassed and threatened in recent years and such activity has sharply increased in the past few days. She received several anonymous phone calls on 7 and 8 September and managed to record some of them.She complained about the threats to the human rights office of the national police, which considered them very alarming. She supplied the registration numbers of vehicles that had followed her. But when the national Press Freedom Foundation, FLIP, asked the prosecutor’s office about how the investigation was going, it said it had no information on the case.The threats to Duque began in 1999, when she began looking into irregularities in the official investigation of the Garzón case, with whose prosecution Reporters Without Borders is officially associated. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img

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