Journalist, Media Owner, Murdered

Wednesday, June 26, 2002
JUNE 26 -Canadian Journalists for Free Expression calls on the governments of Nepal and Colombia to act immediately to bring to justice the killers of a journalist and the co-owner of a radio station who died within days of each other. "These brutal killings, one apparently state-sanctioned and the other of unknown motive, show just how dangerous it is to be a journalist in some parts of the world," CJFE Executive Director Joel Ruimy said. "Journalists - and friends of free expression everywhere - must speak out against such murders and press governments to ensure swift justice." In Nepal, the death of Krishna Sen in custody of state security services was revealed today. Sen, editor of the Maoist newspaper Janadisha, was arrested May 20. International reports say he died, probably sometime last week, after being tortured at an undisclosed prison. In March 2001, a Nepalese court ordered Sen's release after more than two years in prison for having published an interview with rebel leader Baburam Bhattarai. In Colombia, Rodrigo Alfonso Ahumada Lomanto was shot to death in his car June 21. Ahumada was, along with his three brothers, co-owner of the Radio Galeon station in Santa Marta city. The station said Ahumada had received no threats. Ahumada did not involve himself in the station's journalism, working solely on the business end of the operation. Police say they have not ruled out any motive for the killing. Ironically, Ahumada and his brothers inherited the station when their father, journalist Rodrigo Ahumada Barros, was assassinated in 1991, apparently for political reasons. Sen and Ahumada are the 26th and 27th media workers to have been murdered since the beginning of the year. For more information, please contact Joel Ruimy, tel (416) 515-9622, fax (416) 515 7879, email: [email protected], Web:

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