IFJ condemns journalist's killing

The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the brutal killing of a journalist in Colombia.

Rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia killed Juan Carlos Benavidez, a radio journalist for Manantial Estereo, as he travelled from Puerto Caicedo to Puerto Asis in Putumayo state on 22 August.

Benavidez was shot and his colleague Jaime Conrado injured as they failed to halt at a roadblock on their way to cover a meeting between President Alvaro Uribe and regional officials.

“The irrepressible violence shown by militant groups for press freedom in Colombia has created one of the most dangerous regions in the world for journalists,” said IFJ general secretary Aidan White.

“Our colleagues must not be targeted in the struggle between the warring sides of this Colombian civil war.”

Benavidez is the sixth journalist to be murdered this year in Colombia, considered the most dangerous country in the world for the media. An average of 10 journalists have been killed per year over the course of the past 10 years.

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