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The Killing Continues in Colombia: After a Lull in the Terrorism against Journalists Following the Death of Pablo Escobar in December 1993, Two More Journalists Were Murdered Recently

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

The Killing Continues in Colombia: After a Lull in the Terrorism against Journalists Following the Death of Pablo Escobar in December 1993, Two More Journalists Were Murdered Recently

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JOURNALISTS ARE STILL getting their brains blown out in Colombia.

In the last two decades, an estimated 50 journalists have been killed in this northwest South American country, including the respected Guillermo Cano of El Espectador. Four journalists were killed in 1993 for work-related reasons.

After a lull in the terrorism against journalists following the death of Pablo Escobar in December 1993, two more periodistas -- or journalists -- were murdered in or near Cali in the department (Columbia's term for state) of Valle recently.

Abelardo Marin Pizon, 26, a television journalist, was killed May 21 in Cali. Marin was editor of a popular television program Terranova Film de Telepacifico.

Marin was gunned down at 8:30 a.m. as he left his apartment, Camino Real in South Cali.

Marin's murder was perpetrated by "sicarios" (young thugs), using a favorite technique of "as esino de la moto" -- which means one drives the motorcycle and one rides on the back as the triggerman.

The paid hitmen usually receive about $5,000 each.

Marin was the son of Abelardo Marin, a well-known journalist in Cali.

Also murdered near Cali was Horacio Antonio Yepes Lozano, a commentator and free-lance journalist. Yepes was killed in a manner similar to Marin, May 25 in Tulua.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said from its New York City headquarters that its Latin American representative is in Colombia and will investigate the murders.

The Inter American Press Association based in Miami, requested rapid and extensive investigations into the two murders.

Cali is on the western edge of the lush, green Andes in south central Colombia.

Noted for its year-round, balmy springlike temperature and beautiful women, Cali, as of late, is receiving notoriety as the home of the Cali Drug Cartel, the successors to the erstwhile Medellin cocaine empire led by the late Escobar. …

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