10 October 1997


Journalist threatened; wishes to leave Colombia

Incident details

Ricardo Velez



(RSF/IFEX) - On 6 October 1997, Ricardo Velez, cameraman for the
television program "Noticiero 12:30", which is broadcast on the
television station Cadena A, was assaulted by an armed individual
who threatened him in the street and ordered him to leave

Velez has been threatened several times, allegedly by military
officials, since August 1996, when he had filmed a demonstration
by about 10,000 cocoa producers in the department of Caqueta, in
southern Colombia. During this report, Velez claimed to have been
violently beaten by the military.

On 8 October, Velez said that he wanted to leave Colombia with
his family, under the protection of the International Red Cross,
to go into exile in another country.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • calling these threats against Ricardo Velez a serious attack on
    press freedom
  • calling on them to use their influence so that Velez is
    protected and that those responsible are punished

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Ernesto Samper Pizano
    President of the Republic
    Palacio de Narino
    Carrera 8, No. 7-26
    Santafe de Bogota, Colombia
    Fax: +57 1 289 3377 / 286 7434 / 286 7324/ 287 7937 / 284 2186
    e-mail: esamper@presidencia.gov.co

    Dr. Horacio Serpa Uribe
    Minister of Interior
    Ministry of Interior
    Carrera 8, No.8-09, Piso 2
    Santafe de Bogota, Colombia
    Fax: +57 1 286 6524 / 286 0485 / 251 5884

    Dr. Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero
    Minister of National Defence
    Ministry of National Defence
    Avenida Eldorado CAN - Carrera 52
    Santafe de Bogota, Colombia
    Fax: +57 1 222 1874

    Copies to:

    Dr. Carlos Vicente de Roux
    Presidential Advisor on Human Rights
    Palacio de Narino
    Santafe de Bogota, Colombia
    Fax: +57 1 3371 13 51

    Dr. Jose Fernando Castro Caycedo
    Ombudsman of Colombia
    Calle 55, No. 10-46
    Bogota, Colombia
    Fax: +57 1 346 3339 / 346 2947 / 346 1225

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

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