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Journalist Jineth Bedoya has had to give over 11 accounts of her abduction, torture and sexual assault at the hands of Colombian paramilitaries. On 1 March, she must testify again. IFEX and FLIP are calling on the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, the IACHR and the judge overseeing the trial to ensure that this time, justice is served.

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) rejects the physical and verbal attacks that have been committed against several journalists during demonstrations of conveyors' strike in different regions of the country.

The FLIP condemns the attack suffered by Jhon Jaire Jacome and Juan Pablo Bayona in the region of Norte de Santander. The attack on the reporters' vehicle occured while they were covering confrontations between smugglers and public forces. 

Last friday, July 8th, journalists Diego D'Pablos and Carlos Melo received a threat through a text message on the cellphone of one of them. On the message, ELN is identificated as the author of the threat and the journalists are declared military targets. Diego D'Pablos and Carlos melo were kidnapped by the ELN between May 23rd and May 27th in the Catatumbo region. The threatening message is presented as a retaliation against the journalists for having denounced this event to the authorities. 

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP) condemns attacks suffered by journalists Shelly Camacho and Andrés López from José Jaime Parejo, health secretary of Córdoba. The Fundation wants to highlights that it is a serious violation against press freedom, especially because occured a physical assault on a female journalist.

As part of its 158th session, The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) appointed the Colombian State to treat in a public hearing the murder of journalist Silvia Duzán in february 1990.

The Fundation for Press Freedom (FLiP) learned that after receiving the convocation, Colombian State officials expressed their disagreement as far as the organization of that hearing. The comparison scheduled for the next day, June 9th has been canceled and removed from IACHR's official program.

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