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Wed May 22, 2019, 03:56 AM

Instead of informing the public, Colombia's leading weekly informed Duque about army controversy

Instead of informing the public, Colombia’s leading weekly informed Duque about army controversy
by Adriaan Alsema May 21, 2019

Instead of informing the public about concerns that military orders put civilians’ lives at risk, Colombia’s leading weekly Semana reportedly informed President Ivan Duque.

According to political website La Silla Vacia, Semana was given the same evidence of the controversial orders to double the army’s results published by the New York Times over the weekend.

But instead of publishing the concerns of top commanders that General Acacio Martinez’ orders put civilians’ lives at risk, the magazine’s editor in chief, Alejandro Santos, informed Duque’s former chief of staff, Frank Pearl, multiple Semana employees told La Silla Vacia.

The editorial decision revives a debate about whether Colombia’s mainstream media’s allegiance lies with the public or with the country’s authorities.

In the case of Semana this is a particularly thorny issue because its editor-in-chief is related to Duque’s ambassador to Washington DC, Francisco Santos.

More:
https://colombiareports.com/instead-of-informing-the-public-colombias-leading-weekly-informed-duque-about-army-controversy/

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