Yonni Steven Caicedo

19 February 2014

The journalist was shot dead after reportedly receiving death threats for covering a criminal investigation, Los Urabeños , in the Caldas neighbourhood, located in the coastal town of Buenaventura, in western Colombia, human rights and press freedom groups reported.

Caicedo (21), who worked as a cameraman for two different networks, TV Noticias and Más Noticias, had left the city after after an incident in which a group of men threatened him when he tried to film a murder scene. He was advised by local police to leave the city. According to reports from the Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP), Caicedo waited seven months before returning to Buenaventura, in the department of Valle del Cauca, and was gunned down shortly after he arrived back in town. Some Colombian human rights NGOs reportedly criticised the police for failing to protect Caicedo.