Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Diego de Jesús Rojas Velásquez
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2010|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Diego de Jesús Rojas Velásquez, January 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64967c19.html [accessed 10 March 2014]|
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September 22, 2009, in an area near Supía, Colombia
Diego de Jesús Rojas Velásquez, a reporter and cameraman for the Supía-based community station Supía TV in central Caldas province, left the station's studio around 6 p.m. after receiving a purported tip about an unspecified story, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. Shortly after, authorities found his body with four gunshot wounds on a highway connecting Caldas to the neighboring Antioquia province, local and international news reports said.
Witnesses told reporters that they heard Rojas arguing with several unidentified individuals prior to the gunshots. Investigators found his motorcycle with the keys in the ignition near the scene of the crime, the regional daily La Patria reported.
Rojas, 52, worked as a journalist in Supía for more than 30 years, colleagues said. Juan Carlos Taborda, Supía TV's director, told La Patria that he covered sports and social news, but did not report on sensitive issues. Local police and family members said he had not received any threats, the Spanish news service EFE reported. The journalist had also worked for the regional TV station Cable Unión and contributed occasionally to local dailies.
Supía Mayor Germán Ovidio Tobón said investigators believed the killing was linked to Rojas' personal life, the national daily El Tiempo reported. Colombian authorities offered a 15 million peso (US$7,100) reward.