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Colombia

Héctor Sandoval, RCN
12 April 2002

Héctor Sandoval, died in the hospital Departamental del Valle the 12 April.

A RCN Televisión news crew was shot at on 11 April 2002 on the outskirts of Cali, in the Valle department (of south-western Colombia). The team was covering the operations being carried out in the area by the army and police forces, in response to the abduction of twelve legislators by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The journalists who were attacked reported that, despite their efforts to be recognized in their professional capacity, their convoy was fired upon by the Army, which was conducting air strikes at the time. Walter López, the driver of the vehicle transporting the journalists, was killed during the incident and television cameraman Héctor Sandoval was seriously wounded. He died the next day.

Luz Estella Arroya, RCN’s Cali correspondent, fortunately sustained no injury. Two other journalists working for the Semana weekly newspaper Semana and the El Tiempo daily, who were also on the site, also escaped injury. Although the journalists hold the military responsible for this incident, Colonel Carlos Arévalo, the commander of the army’s anti-kidnapping squad, has denied any army involvement in this assault, thereby incriminating the FARC.