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Roldán, Mary

In the Colombian case, were it not for the work of journalists like Juanita León, the details of Colombia's ever evolving war and the testimonies and experiences of the often forgotten Colombians who suffer it might disappear leaving few traces. No wonder journalism is considered both the noblest and most dangerous of Colombian professions. Or as Germán Arciniegas noted in the late 1940s during another period when the flow of information was also increasingly truncated by violence, "Freedom of the press makes democracy a reality ... the preservation of our democracy depends on this freedom."

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Institute of Latin American Studies
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January 21, 2010


Presented at "Crime, Insecurity, Fear in Mexico: Ethnographic and Policy Approaches: An Interdisciplinary Workshop," Columbia University, November 13-14, 2009.