Colombia

​Edgar Quintero

02 March 2015

Media reports said that Edgar Quintero, aka Quintin, who presented a programme called Noticias y Algo Más on Radio Luna based in Palmira, South Eastern Colombia, was shot dead in a bakery by a gunman shortly after 19.00 pm. Witnesses said that the attacker shot him six times, before fleeing the scene.

Quintero was one of the eight journalists who received death threats back in 2004, allegedly for their revelations about corruption involving a former mayor. One journalist reportedly said that Quintero was not afraid of exposing abuses and irregularities in the local administration.

Adriana Hurtado, the President of Felcoper, an IFJ affiliate in Colombia, condemned the killing and urged the authorities to investigate the murder and punish Quintero's killer.

"This is the second murder of a journalist since the start of the year and adds to the 145 previous media killings which remained unresolved," said Hurtado. "The killers are still free and we urge the Prosecutor General in Colombia to ensure this crime is investigated and the murderers are punished."