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Guillermo Bravo Vega, Altavisión
28 April 2003

The producer and presenter of the programme "Facts and Figures" on the local TV station Altavisión, Guillermo Bravo Vega was gunned down outside his home in Neiva (Huila department) by four men on two motorcycles. Hit four times, he died while being taken to hospital.

Family members and colleagues said Bravo had received "constant death threats." A man who introduced himself as a member of the AUC paramilitaries came to his home in February and warned him that he would be killed if he did not leave the area. Bravo reported this threat to the authorities.

A work colleague said it was clear from the tone of "Facts and Figures," which analysed political and economic issues, that Bravo was a "left-wing" journalist even if he tried to give it a broad appeal. His family did not rule out the possibility that the murder was linked to his coverage in 2000 of the privatisation of a regional state-owned company, Licorería del Huila, in which he had denounced irregularities in its sale to Licorsa.

Of late, Bravo had also contributed to the Neiva-based weekly Tribuna del Sur and had presented cultural programmes for the local public radio station La Emisora Cultural. He received the Simón Bolívar award for journalism in the 1970s when he edited the economic weekly La República. He was a municipal government candidate in Neiva in 2000. In the 1980s, he was a representative of the small left-wing opposition party ANAPO in the Huila departmental assembly.