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Reporters Without Borders issues "enemies of press freedom" blacklist

The Blacklist is an attempt to name all those who have personally committed crimes or grave offences against journalists or media and who are still unpunished.

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities in the countries concerned to seriously and impartially investigate these cases and to prosecute and punish those responsible.


On the blacklist :
Front 34 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) (The leader of the FARC’s Front 34)
Under legal investigation

Black list : Colombia

Perpetrator : Front 34 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 
Position : The leader of the FARC’s Front 34 
Type of attack  : Kidnapping and detention
Place : Dabeida , Colombia
Date : 2.05.2005
Legal action so far  : Under legal investigation
Victim's name and employer  : Hernán Echeverri Arboleda, of Urabá Hoy

The facts  :
Photographer Hernán Echeverri, of the fortnightly paper Urabá Hoy, was freed on 17 April 2005 near the northwestern town of Apartadó here three months after being kidnapped by Front 34 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The previous week, Echeverri’s friends had given in to Front 34’s demand to broadcast a message denouncing the "excesses" of the authorities in the Antioquia region. No ransom is thought to have been paid however. Echeverri was kidnapped on 22 January at a Front 34 roadblock at Dabeiba (in the Urabá region). Read the article