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Journalists Killed in 2002 - Motive Unconfirmed: Mario Prada Díaz

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2003
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2002 - Motive Unconfirmed: Mario Prada Díaz, January 2003, available at: [accessed 21 November 2017]
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Horizonte del Magdalena Medio
July 12, 2002, in Santander Department, Colombia

The body of Prada, publisher of the monthly Horizonte del Magdalena Medio in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia, was found riddled with gunshots not far from his home. A source told CPJ that Prada, 44, had been abducted from his house in the municipality of Sabana de Torres at 11 p.m. on July 11. The source said that it was not clear who killed Prada or why.

Prada had apparently received no threats. He had run the monthly Horizonte Sabanero for several years before changing its name to Horizonte del Magdalena Medio in June. The publication, which covered social and cultural issues, was not considered controversial.

But according to the daily Vanguardia Liberal, based in the city of Bucaramanga, the capital of Santander Department, Prada had written an editorial in Horizonte del Magdalena Medio's June issue criticizing the municipal government. Vanguardia Liberal also quoted a town representative as saying that Prada had held office in the local council at a time when the left-wing Patriotic Union (UP) ruled Sabana de Torres. Right-wing paramilitaries have killed thousands of UP members.

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