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Wed May 6, 2020, 02:23 AM

Duque using Colombia's peace funds to improve public image: reports

by Adriaan Alsema May 5, 2020

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque has reportedly been using funds meant for his country’s peace process for unrelated government propaganda.

Radio station La FM reported on Monday that Du Brand was hired and paid with funds meant for “the financing of peace programs aimed at encouraging the return to civilian life of groups that have taken up arms.”

The president’s propaganda chief, Hassan Nassar, renewed the contract last week, paying Du Brands $840 thousand (COP3.400 million) to also take charge of “the definition and implementation of the strategy to improve the president’s image online.”

The firm would reportedly report directly to Nassar who added improving Duque’s public image “taking into account the national situation and the social mobilization activities launched on 21 November 2019” when Colombia saw its largest anti-government protests in more than four decades.


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