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Mon Mar 7, 2016, 06:07 AM

IFJ and NUJ stand by Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque in landmark trial

IFJ and NUJ stand by Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque in landmark trial
01/03/2016



The court in Bogota, Colombia is due to hear the testimony of the Colombian prominent journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, in a case involving a former senior officer of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS), the infamous secret service in Colombia which has been disbanded.

Claudia, who was kidnapped and still lives under state protection for her investigations into the murder of her fellow journalist Jaime Garzón Forero killed in 1999, will testify against a former DAS Deputy Director for his alleged part in psychological torture she suffered for many years under the regime of ex-President Alvaro Uribe Velez.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), representing over 600.000 members in 134 countries and its affiliate in UK and Ireland, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), have joined other international organisations showing their support to Claudia at today’s hearing in the capital city Bogota.

These organisations, including the IFJ affiliate in Colombia Fecolper, will hold a press conference after the hearing and issue a statement calling for integrity in the court case’s proceedings, the protection of Claudia and her family members and counsel, the speedy arrests of other accused who are on the run as well as further investigations against the mastermind former of psychological torture against Claudia, including the former head of DAS.

The court in Bogota, Colombia is due to hear the testimony of the Colombian prominent journalist Claudia Julieta Duque, in a case involving a former senior officer of the Department of Administrative Security (DAS), the infamous secret service in Colombia which has been disbanded.

Claudia, who was kidnapped and still lives under state protection for her investigations into the murder of her fellow journalist Jaime Garzón Forero killed in 1999, will testify against a former DAS Deputy Director for his alleged part in psychological torture she suffered for many years under the regime of ex-President Alvaro Uribe Velez.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), representing over 600.000 members in 134 countries and its affiliate in UK and Ireland, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), have joined other international organisations showing their support to Claudia at today’s hearing in the capital city Bogota.

These organisations, including the IFJ affiliate in Colombia Fecolper, will hold a press conference after the hearing and issue a statement calling for integrity in the court case’s proceedings, the protection of Claudia and her family members and counsel, the speedy arrests of other accused who are on the run as well as further investigations against the mastermind former of psychological torture against Claudia, including the former head of DAS.

More:
http://www.ifj.org/nc/en/news-single-view/backpid/50/article/ifj-and-nuj-stand-by-colombian-journalist-claudia-julieta-duque-in-landmark-trial/

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