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The New Colombia by Financial Times

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Turning point: Guillermo Cano, whose assassination in 1986 gave new impetus to investigative journalism

Turning point: Guillermo Cano, whose assassination in 1986 gave new impetus to investigative journalism

Wealth, power and the press

Industry and politics are closely linked with control of the media, but journalists have a proud history of challenging the status quo, writes John Paul Rathbone

Guillermo Cano, the editor of El Espectador, Colombia’s oldest newspaper, was murdered on December 17 1986 as he left work. Three years later, a Medellín cartel bomb blew up the paper’s Bogotá offices, in what was meant as a final reprisal for El Espectador’s continued denunciations of the drug gangs.

“The country was living under a dictatorship of fear,” ...

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