April 23, 2024

Press Freedom


Colombia May 26 , 2005

H.E. Alvaro Uribe
Palacio de Narino
Despacho del Senor Presidente
Cra 8 #7-26
Bogotá , D.C.
Republic of Colombia
Fax: (011.57.1)) 286-7434

Your Excellency:


The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) writes to thank you for your quick condemnation of the recent threats against three prominent journalists.

In complimenting you on your timely statement regarding the threats against Hollman Morris, Daniel Coronell and Carlos Lozano, we join our colleagues in several concerned NGOs, including Human Rights Watch. However, we note that as far as we are aware, the perpetrators of the threats have not yet been brought to justice.

We ask Your Excellency to keep us informed of the progress of the investigation you promised on 17 May — as we believe the public arrest and prosecution of the instigators of the threats would show Your Excellency’s commitment to freedom of the press in all areas of your country.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


Respectfully yours,
Robert E. Sullivan
Larry Martz
Freedom of the Press Committee


cc :

Luis Alberto Moreno Mejia

Ambassador of Colombia to the U.S.A.

Embassy of the Republic of Colombia

2118 Leroy Place, NW

Washington , DC 20008

Fax: (202) 232-8643

Ambassador Luis Guillermo Giraldo

Permanent Representative

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Colombia to the United Nations     

140 West 57 Street, 5 th Floor          

New York , NY 10022

Fax: (212) 371-2813

William Wood

U.S. Ambassador to Colombia

Embassy of the United States of America

Carrera 45 #22D-45

Bogota , D.C.


Fax: (011.57.1) 315-2197

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