FLIP Strongly Condemns Seizure of Independent Media Headquarters in Bogota by Indigenous Group
The Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP) has vehemently condemned the seizure of a renowned independent media outlet’s headquarters by an indigenous group in Bogota, characterizing it as a deeply alarming and intimidating event targeting the journalists associated with this media.
FLIP asserted that the occupation of the media represented a disturbing culmination of escalating symbolic violence and rhetoric that could potentially lead to far more severe repercussions.
Furthermore, FLIP emphasized that these incidents transpire within a broader context in which indigenous communities have been vocal about the perpetuation of negative stereotypes against them by both the media and public figures.
Escalating Symbolic Violence Against Journalists
Flip’s concerned stems from the escalating symbolic violence and language that risks journalists’ physical integrity. It is a pressing issue that not only threatens the media but other sectors of Colombian society as well. The foundation invites social and political organizations, as well as the media, to foster spaces for dialogue that can build peaceful and democratic coexistence.
In response to the growing tension and violence, the foundation called for discussions to respect differences and avoid violence against perceived political adversaries. It urges moderation in speech and actions that could endanger journalists, media professionals, and other societal sectors.
In addition, the Press Freedom Foundation’s advocated for dialogue and peaceful coexistence is a significant step towards protecting journalists and fostering a safer environment for journalism. By acting against intimidation and violence, social and political organizations can help build a society that respects press freedom and values the crucial role that journalists play in democratic societies.
Police Act Swiftly to Protect Media After Indigenous Group’s Headquartes Intrusion
Following the violent intrusion of certain indigenous individuals into the premises of a renowned independent media outlet’s headquarters in Bogota, General William Salamanca, the director of the National Police, revealed that upon learning of the incident, he promptly ordered the deployment of police forces to ensure safety. He emphasized the security forces’ role as protectors of press freedom and their commitment to swiftly respond to safeguard media establishments.
The Colombian Indigenous Movement clarified that the violent actions against this media’s facilities did not reflect the views or intentions of the Indigenous Minga.
Additionally, a plea was made to the Association of Authorities of the Colombian Southwest-AISO, which had entered the media outlet’s headquarters, urging them not to forsake the possibilities of dialogue for advancing their political agenda and preventing further stigmatization.
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