first_imgNews December 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community journalist murdered, motive still to be established News Help by sharing this information Reports ColombiaAmericas News RSF_en Follow the news on Colombia to go further Organisation center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more Harold Humberto Rivas Quevedo, the host of a community programme on local TV station CNC Buga and a sports commentator for two radio stations, Voces del Occidente and Radio Guadalajara de Buga, was shot dead last night in Buga, in the western department of Valle del Cauca.Aged 48, Rivas was gunned down in the funeral parlour that he also managed. A man in a helmet marched in and shot him five times. The killer then walked out and drove off on a motorcycle.“The murder motive has yet to be established but we urge the authorities not to rule out the possibility that it was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In a country torn by an endless civil war, community journalists, who often work in the worst-hit areas, are in the front line. The political discussion programme Rivas hosted could have exposed him to reprisals.”In the programme “Comuna Libre” that he had been hosting on CNC Buga for the last eight months, Rivas invited community leaders and politicians to discuss local issues, which were sometimes quite controversial.His colleagues nonetheless insisted that they had never heard anyone threaten him. His family described him as a happy and very active man who had shown no sign of having any particular worries.Rivas was the third journalist to be killed this year in Colombia, which was ranked 126th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. October 21, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more