CPJ Asks Colombia To Protect Journalists

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(AP) A U.S. press freedom group asked Colombia’s government on Monday to protect seven local journalists who received deaths threats.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, or CPJ, said the journalists received letters this month threatening them with death unless they left the country.

The six broadcasters and one newspaper reporter had covered high-profile drug investigations.

Colombia is one of the world’s most dangerous places to be a journalist, according to the CPJ. Threats and killings have come from leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries, and drug traffickers.

“We therefore call on Colombian authorities to do everything in their power to protect these journalists and aggressively investigate the threats so that their authors may be brought to justice,” CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said.

At least three of the threatened journalists have gone into hiding in Colombia, according to the CPJ’s statement, issued in Bogota. All seven have been provided with government bodyguards, CPJ said.

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