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Friday, 31 August 2018 16:07

About Cartographies of information

Since mid 2016 untill August 2018, the Foundation for Press Freedom traveled to different parts of the country to gather information, interview journalists and analize information to understand how conflict affected regional media in Colombia.

The main results of this investigation can be found in the microsite Cartografías de la Información (only available in Spanish).

Until August 2018, according to the most recent update, FLIP's Center of Studies for Freedom of Expression has found that around 7.8 million people in Colombia lives in silence, meaning that this amount of people has no access to local news in their municipalities. 

Some of the numbers, conclusions and main concerns can be found in this document.


The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in spanish) introduces the report on the conditions of press freedom during the 2014 elections, which is a publication that analyzes the problems faced by the press to cover the parliamentary and presidential elections.

Take a look at the report, in Spanish, in the attached document.

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its spanish initials) presents the Handbook for the Access to Public Information, a publication that contains practical and useful tools for journalists and citizens to be able to seek and receive information, defines who are the subjects obliged to provide public information, establishes the type of information that is searchable, and provides a number of useful formats to request information.

The Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in spanish) published on February 11th their annual report 'Protests: No guarantees to cover', which takes a snapshot of the state of press freedom in Colombia in 2013. This year the FLIP recorded 123 direct attacks against the press, within them some cause particular concern, like the murders of journalist Edinson Molina, in Puerto Berrío (Antioquia), and reporter and speaker José Darío Arenas, in Caicedonia (Valle del Cauca).

Take a look at the report, in Spanish, in the attached document.

On April 24, 2012, during the Book Fair of Bogota, the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP, for its acronym in spanish), presented the book: “Between Silence and Courage: Two decades of press freedom in Colombia” (Editorial Planeta).

The present report is submitted to the General Assembly by the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 7/36 and 16/4. The report expands upon the last report submitted to the Council by the Special Rapporteur on key trends and challenges to the right of all individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds through the Internet (A/HRC/17/27), and addresses the issue through two equally important dimensions of Internet access: access to online content (sect. III), and access to Internet connection (sect. IV). In section III, the Special Rapporteur outlines the types of expression that States are exceptionally required to prohibit under international law (III.A) and also discusses impermissible restrictions (III.B), given the ongoing debate regarding regulation of content on the Internet.

The report also addresses the importance of digital literacy and training in information and communications technology skills for individuals to enable them to access online content in an effective and meaningful manner. While access to Internet connection is not yet recognized as a human right, the report focuses on the positive obligation of States to facilitate the enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression via the Internet, and outlines both challenges and positive initiatives to make the Internet available, accessible and affordable to all segments of society (sect. IV). The report concludes with recommendations to ensure full access to online content that is free of censorship and access to Internet connection, particularly for marginalized and disadvantaged groups.