Hostile paramilitary gangs

Colombia’s journalists are permanently threatened by “bacrims,” gangs of former paramilitaries now involved in drug trafficking. As a result of physical attacks, death threats and murders, Colombia is the western hemisphere’s second-most dangerous country for the media, after Mexico. Criminal groups such as “Los Urabeños” and “Los Rastrojos” do not hesitate to use violence to silence alternative or community media outlets that try to cover their activities. The violence, in which local officials are often complicit, usually goes unpunished.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



128 in 2015

Global score


39.08 in 2015

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