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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 02:55 PM

Journalist investigating child prostitution attacked in Colombia

Source: Reporters Without Borders

Journalist investigating child prostitution attacked in Colombia
Published on Friday 14 November 2014.

The journalist Oscar Castaño Valencia was assaulted and threatened by armed men four days ago as he was investigating the involvement of criminal gangs in child prostitution in Antioquia department in North-West Colombia.

For the past three months Castaño, director of the program “Oriéntese” on the TV station Cosmovisión, has been carrying out an investigation into child prostitution activities by the criminal groups known as “combos” in the town of Bello in Antioquia. He was on his way to meet a source when he was attacked by three armed and masked men. He was tied up, threatened and beaten, then forced to sign a "confession" that he had gone there with the intention of raping an under-age girl. The attackers made a recording of the forced confession then let him go, telling him his life was at stake.

After the attack, Castaño lodged a complaint with the state prosecutor’s office in Medellín, the capital of Antioquia department, and asked the government for protection. The journalist had previously been threatened when he was head of the trade union of the Colombian National University and was forced into exile for nine years in 1987.

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The Office of the Defender of the Colombian People, a national body created to promote human rights, says it has recorded twice as many reports of threats against journalists this year compared with 2013. Colombia remains the second deadliest country for journalists in Latin America.

Read more: http://en.rsf.org/colombia-journalist-investigating-child-14-11-2014,47231.html

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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 03:43 PM

1. Didn't the Bush family buy some land in South America?

connection?

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Fri Nov 14, 2014, 04:27 PM

2. Wait until a client list surfaces and it's a Who's Who of rich bastards.

 

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