Colombia

Colombia

A degree of hope

The signing of historic peace accords between the government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in September 2016 dispelled a great deal of tension. The end of a conflict that had been a constant source of censorship and violence against the media bodes well for freedom of information. Colombia’s journalists nonetheless continue to be threatened by “bacrims,” gangs of former paramilitaries now involved in drug trafficking. Physical attacks, death threats, and murders are still common, with the result that Colombia is one of the Western Hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for the media. Criminal groups use violence to silence alternative or community media outlets that try to cover their activities. This violence, in which local officials are often complicit, often goes unpunished.

129
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+5

134 in 2016

Global score

-2.64

44.11 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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