Journalists Killed in 2001 - Motive Unconfirmed: Álvaro Alonso Escobar
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2002|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2001 - Motive Unconfirmed: Álvaro Alonso Escobar, January 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64956fc.html [accessed 30 July 2015]|
December 23, 2001, in Fundación, Colombia
Escobar, the publisher of the monthly newspaper La Región, was shot and killed by a lone gunman after an argument, according to state police commander Luis Mesa. A visitor arrived at Escobar's home in the town of Fundación, Magdalena Department, at around 7 p.m. and shot the journalist three times in the head before fleeing on a motorcycle.
Magdalena Department is known as a violent area, with leftist guerrillas and rightist paramilitary forces both active.
Mesa told CPJ that he believed Escobar had been murdered for personal reasons, but could provide no further details.