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Pan-Am Highway

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Luis Eduardo Alfonso, a radio reporter and freelance correspondent for Colombia's biggest daily, El Tiempo, was shot to death by two gunmen in the town of Arauca, near the Venezuelan border, as he arrived for work at his station March 18. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Alfonso's name appeared in November on a list of 100 people threatened with death by the right-wing paramilitary United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC). On March 31, El Tiempo reported AUC and leftist guerrilla groups released lists with the names of 26 journalists working around Arauca that they consider "military objectives." Gladys Barajas, president of Colombia's association of photojournalists CRGC, announced March 3 she was leaving the nation because of death threats. ... In normally placid Belize, death threats forced Melvin Flores, an investigative reporter with the Belize City weekly Amandala, to flee to the United States, CPJ reported March 14. Flores had written a story about alleged corruption by officials in the government of Prime Minister Said W. …

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