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Mon Sep 24, 2018, 06:47 PM

How Colombia is preventing you from knowing the truth about the country

by Adriaan Alsema September 3, 2018

Colombiaís foreign ministry has ousted and repelled freelance foreign journalists simply by failing to grant them the visas they need to work.

Over the past week, The Bogota Post and Colombia Reports have made an inventory and gathered testimonies of foreign journalists and correspondents who have been unable to obtain or renew a migrant visa.

How bad the situation is
Over the past two decades, media outlets have sacked the vast majority of their foreign correspondents. As a consequence, much of the news you receive from Colombia comes from freelancers.

Colombiaís Foreign Ministry knows this because whenever we, for example, report that both former President Juan Manuel Santos and President Ivan Duque have been implicated in the Odebrecht bribery scandal, itís the foreign ministry that has to deal with the fallout.


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