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Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: Gerardo Bedoya Borrero

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1998
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El País
March 20, 1997, in Cali, Colombia

Bedoya, opinion editor of the Cali daily newspaper El País and a harsh critic of drug trafficking, was assassinated as he was getting into his car by a gunman who shot him repeatedly and fled the scene on a motorcycle. Colleagues said in a public statement that they believed that drug traffickers perpetrated the crime. Three weeks before his death, Bedoya had written a column defending the controversial U.S. decision to decertify Colombia as a recipient of U.S. economic aid because of its government's alleged ties to cocaine cartels. "Even though they call me pro-Yankee, I prefer the pressure of the U.S. government to the pressure of the narcos," he wrote.

Job:Columnist / Commentator, Editor
Beats Covered:Crime, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Taken Captive:No


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