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Participants

JOURNALISTS

MARIA JIMENA DUZAN

Duzan is a respected Colombian journalist who, at age 16, had her first column at El Espectador Newspapers. She has also worked for numerous media outlets including El Tiempo and Semana. While working at El Espectador she became Director Guillermo Cano’s protégé. Pablo Escobar’s assassins later on murdered Cano for his aggressive media attacks against narcoterrorists. Consequently, the paper was bombed and many of its employees were killed or forced into exile.  Duzan herself was threatened with death dozens of times. In a separate incident, her sister and journalist Silvia Duzan, was gunned down while working on a story about drug trafficking and paramilitary squads. In 1994, she released her autobiography, Death Beat: A Colombian Journalist’s Life Inside the Cocaine Wars. Duzan won IWMF’s courage award and attended Harvard University as a Nieman Fellow.

HOLLMAN MORRIS

Morris is an investigative television producer, writer and documentary filmmaker who has denounced abuses by leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitaries and the Colombian army in the country’s decades-long internal conflict. He was the founder and editor of the Peace and Human Rights Section of the highly targeted newspaper, El Espectador. Morris attended Harvard University in 2011 as a Neiman Fellow and soon after completed another fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington D.C. In 2007, Morris won the Human Rights Watch Award for his work on the victims of armed conflict in Colombia and directed a controversial documentary called “Impunity“. He currently works as the director of Canal Capital in Bogota.

FIDEL CANO

Fidel Cano Correa is a Colombian journalist and director of the well-known El Espectador newspaper. Cano is nephew to Guillermo Cano Isaza who was killed by Pablo Escobar for publishing the first evidence that showed he was a murderer and drug lord. Between 1987 and 1995, Cano Correa worked at El Espectador as sports writer, lifestyle and economy editor, and correspondent in the United States. He experienced the bomb placed by Escobar at the El Espectador, which left the paper in ruins. In 2000, Cano Correa would return to his family’s newspaper as general editor. In 2006, he was awarded as the Journalist of the Year at the Premio Nacional de Periodismo Simon Bolivar.

ANA MARIA BUSQUETS DE CANO

Ana Maria Busquets de Cano is the wife of murdered journalist, Guillermo Cano. As his partner, she lived through the arduous years of violence against her husband who was brutally murdered as he left the newspaper. Mrs. Busquets de Cano currently runs a non-profit organization called Fundacion Guillermo Cano Isaza, created by the Cano family. Its goal is to defend and promote freedom of the press around the world as well as in improve the quality of journalism.

RICHARD VELEZ

Velez is a Colombian journalist and camera operator currently living in exile. He was victim of several kidnappings and an assassination attempt. After recording a massacre of peasants by military forces he was beaten and left to die by the soldiers involved in the incident. He survived but his life continued to be at risk, which forced him to flee the country and seek political asylum in the U.S.

EXPERTS

DOUGLAS FARAH

Douglas Farah is an American journalist and expert on the topic who will also provide historical context to the film. As noted on his website: In 1990, on contract with The Washington Post, he moved to Bogota, Colombia, to cover the exploding drug war in the Andean region. Working in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia he chronicled the rise and fall of the Medellin cartel and its leader, Pablo Escobar. He also wrote extensively about the rise of the Cali cartel, the move by Colombian drug traffickers into heroin and the growing alliance between Colombian and Mexican drug mafias. In 1992 The Washington Post hired him as staff correspondent for Central America and the Caribbean. In 1997, Farah returned to Washington as the international investigative reporter covering drug trafficking and organized crime. He covered the emergence of Russian organized crime groups in Latin America and the Caribbean, the growth of Mexican drug cartels within the United States and drug-related banks in the Caribbean. In 1997 he was honored by Johns Hopkins University for a Washington Post Magazine article on how the Cali cocaine cartel bought the 1994 presidential elections in Colombia.

CARLOS LAURIA

As noted on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ website: CPJ Senior Americas Program Coordinator Carlos Lauría, a native of Buenos Aires, is a widely published journalist. In 1994, Lauria settled in New York City as U.S. bureau chief correspondent for the largest magazine publisher in Argentina, Editorial Perfil. In this position, he wrote and edited hundreds of stories that were published in the various magazines owned by the company, particularly Noticias, the world’s largest Spanish-language newsmagazine.

CATALINA BOTERO MARINO

Catalina Botero Marino has been the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression since July 2008.  Before assuming the position of Special Rapporteur, Dr. Botero Marino worked as Acting Magistrate and Auxiliary Magistrate in the Constitutional Court of Colombia. Previously she was adviser for the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Nation; National Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights in the Office of the People’s Defender of Colombia, and professor and researcher at the Law School of the Universidad de los Andes. She received her law degree in 1988 at the Universidad de los Andes and did postgraduate studies there.  – See more at: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/staff/catalina-botero#sthash.fhpbC4F2.dpuf

GERARDO REYES COPELLO

Reyes is the director of Univision’s investigative unit. He spent 22 years at the Miami Herald and is a recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Maria Moors Cabot award for excellence in journalism. Reyes has also written a book on investigative reporting and an unauthorized biography of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, listed by Forbes magazine as one of the wealthiest men in the world.

MOHAMED KEITA

As noted on CPJ’s website: CPJ Africa Advocacy Coordinator Keita has advocated widely against violations of press freedom in the region. Prior to joining CPJ, he volunteered as a researcher with the nongovernmental World Federalist Movement-Institute of Global Policy, which works to build international democratic institutions. Keita was responsible for a project on the structures and mechanisms of the African Union and helped organize outreach activities in West Africa for a project on the United Nations’ “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine. He has also monitored various U.N. reform consultations at the United Nations. A native of Bamako, Mali, Keita lived in Senegal before moving to New York.

BOB DIETZ

As noted on CPJ’s website: Since 1977, Bob Dietz has He was a cameraman and bureau chief in Cairo and Beirut for Visnews, now Reuters TV, covering the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its aftermath. He moved to Asia as a bureau chief for NBC News in Seoul and then in Manila, where he opened the network’s bureau shortly before the downfall of the Marcos regime. In 1988, he was awarded a William Benton Fellowship for Broadcast Journalists at the University of Chicago, studying international relations. He later served as interim general manager for a start-up PBS station in his hometown of Philadelphia, before working for the newly launched CNN International in Atlanta. In 1995, Dietz moved to Hong Kong with his wife, Donna Liu, who opened CNNI’s Asia Production Center. After seven years as a senior editor at Asiaweek magazine, he returned to the United States and worked with the World Health Organization, handling media relations and risk communication during the SARS and avian influenza outbreaks.

MARIA SALAZAR-FERRO

As noted on CPJ’s website: Salazar-Ferro became coordinator of the Impunity Campaign and Journalist Assistance Program in January 2009 after serving four years as research associate for CPJ’s Americas program. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, and grew up in New York. Fluent in Spanish, English and French, Salazar-Ferro has an MA in anthropology at Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá and graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and comparative literature. Salazar-Ferro worked for the United Nations Fund for Population Aid as a researcher in a project on sexual and reproductive health among young refugees in Colombia. She also conducted research on HIV/AIDS prevention in Latin America for the International Planned Parenthood Federation. She worked for Inter-Press Services in New York as an associate reporter.

ADAM ISACSON

Isacson is the director of the Regional Security Policy Program at the Washington Office on Latin America. As noted on his CV: Manages a program that monitors U.S. security relations with Latin America and the Caribbean, while advocating healthier civil-military relations, democratic security cooperation and effective conflict resolution throughout the region. Frequently consulted on issues like Colombia’s conflict, violence in Mexico, arms transfers, drug policy, regional diplomatic relations, Venezuela’s foreign policy, Brazil’s emergence, and human rights.

ARTURO CARRILLO

As noted on George Washington University Law School’s Website: Arturo Carrillo is Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. Before joining the faculty, Professor Carrillo served as the director of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, where he was also Lecturer in Law and the Henkin Senior Fellow with Columbia’s Human Rights Institute. Prior to entering the academy in 2000, he worked as a legal advisor in the Human Rights Division of the United Nations Observer Mission to El Salvador (ONUSAL), as well as for non-governmental organizations in his native Colombia, where he also taught international law and human rights. From 2005 to 2010, Professor Carrillo was a senior advisor on human rights to the U.S. Agency on International Development (USAID) in Colombia.

ALEX SANCHEZ

Description on coha.org: W. Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez Nieto is a Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) where he focuses on geopolitics and security issues. His analyses have appeared in numerous refereed journals including Small Wars and Insurgencies, Defense Studies, the Journal of Slavic Military Studies, European Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Cuban Affairs.

SILVIO WAISBORD

Professor and Associate Director in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics and author of Watchdog Journalism in South America.

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