Colombian reporter shot while covering police operation succumbs to injuries

Colombian reporter shot while covering police operation succumbs to injuries

A Colombian reporter who was shot while covering police operation succumbs to her injury according to news reports.
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A Colombian reporter who was shot while covering police operation succumbs to her injury according to news reports.

Efigenia Vásquez Astudillo, 31, a reporter and presenter with community radio Renacer, sustained fatal gunshot injuries while covering an operation by ESMAD riot police to evict members of an indigenous community occupying disputed land in Puracé, in the southwestern department of Cauca.

She died of her injuries a few hours later the same day after being taken to San José hospital in the nearby city of Popayán. Two protesters were also injured in the clashes with the riot police.

Media watchdog organization, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on Colombian authorities to identify those responsible for Astudillo death and condemns a disturbing increase in police violence against journalists.

“We urge the Ministry of Defence, National Police and Public Prosecutions to identify those responsible for Efigenia Vásquez’s death, to bring them to justice and to shed all possible light on what happened,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.

 

 

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