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Five Colombian journalists targeted by paramilitaries

18 February 2011

Five journalists have been declared military targets by Colombia's extreme right-wing paramilitary group, the Central Command of the Black Eagles.

The latest death threats have been sent to Hollman Morris, producer of the current affairs TV programme Contravía; Daniel Coronell, a vice-president of the US TV station Univisión; Marcos Perales Mendoza, the editor of the Bucaramanga-based newspaper Periódico Portada; Claudia Julieta Duque of Radio Nizkor and Eduardo Márquez González, president of the Colombian Federation of Journalists.

The emails say:

"The time has come to exterminate and eliminate all the people and organizations that try to pass as human rights defenders and even try to infiltrate international NGOs, journalists…
"We will find you at your offices, at the houses you live in … We are watching you and right now consider yourself dead."

Jeremy Dear, NUJ general secretary, said:

"The violent threats to journalists in Colombia are vicious and abhorrent. The individuals and organisations involved in these attacks should be brought to justice.
"We will not accept the situation where human rights violators continue to enjoy immunity in an atmosphere of severe human rights abuses, intimidation and death.”

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