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The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) denounces the murder of journalist Luis Carlos Cervantes, which occurred on 12 August 2014 in Tarazá municipality, in the sub-region of Bajo Cauca, Antioquia. 

Luis Carlos Cervantes had been working as a journalist for Morena FM community radio station for five years. Until August 2013, he also worked as a correspondent for Teleantioquia News (Teleantioquia Noticias). 

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in spanish) rejects the serious assaults committed by agents of the Mobile Anti-Riot Police (ESMAD, for its acronym in spanish) against journalist Jorge López Córdoba, news coordinator Al Día from Santa Marta, belonging to El Heraldo’s newspaper house.

Despite numerous campaigns, made both by civilian organizations and by national authorities, regional officials hindered the work of journalists during the presidential election coverage, as it happened in the legislative elections.

As part of the launch of the report "Violence against journalists and media workers: Inter-American standards and practices on prevention, protection and administration of justice”, by the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its spanish initials) and the Platform of Journalism invite to create a space for reflection on the conditions in which journalists practice their profession and what it takes to overcome violence against journalists during the Colombian post-conflict.

The Foundation for Press Freedom-FLIP- presents its last publication: “Out of judgement”, a practical guide for journalists to know how to act when faced with allegations of slander and defamation, or when they are victims of judicial harassment.

On Thursday 22 May 2014 journalist Gonzalo Guillén was warned by agents of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Interpol (Dirección Central de Policía Judicial e Inteligencia, DIJIN) and the District Attorney's Office of “an elaborate plan to have him killed”. The information came from investigators just hours before Guillén and his bodyguards found themselves being followed by two vehicles. 

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