Urgent Action: Freedom for Fredy Mu?oz, correspondent in Colombia for CANAL TELESUR Print
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Thursday, 14 December 2006 01:00
On the evening of November 19, 2006, the journalist FREDY MU?OZ ALTAMIRANDA, correspondent in Colombia for Canal TELESUR, was detained by agents from the Administrative Department of Security (DAS), when he returned to Colombia after having participated in a TELESUR audiovisual narrative workshop that took place in the neighboring country of Venezuela. By order of the Fifth District Attorney?s Office in Barranquilla, FREDY was detained and charged with rebellion.

FREDY MU?OZ has worked in journalism for the last twelve years. He was an editor for the newspapers El Universal and El Peri?dico, and was a reporter for the television news program 6:25 (all based in Cartagena). He has also produced multiple documentaries for the Tr?picos series and TeleCaribe, and audiovisual programming for the Leyendas series by Se?al Colombia.

Throughout his career, he has excelled for his independence and, as he stated in a public communiqu? issued from where he is being detained, ?for proclaiming the truth; and, in our aggrieved Latin American countries, truth is the sun that reveals and removes men from the shadows.?

In the voice of the journalist Fredy Mu?oz, the work performed by Telesur excels at disseminating the social dynamics and struggles laying claim to social and political rights in the Colombia. Throughout Latin America, TELESUR has consolidated as an alternative communication proposal in opposition to the hegemony of the mass media protecting the interests of the powerful economic groups and, in light of the so-called fight against terrorism, legitimizing the persecution of social movements.

The detention of this journalist is a clear illustration of the restrictions to the freedom of press in Colombia. This detention also bears further witness to the persecution subjected upon the voices critical of the current presidential administration and its policy of democratic security.

On these grounds, we request that the relevant authorities:

1. Respect the life and physical and psychological integrity of the journalist;

2. Respect due process and the right to defense (and in this respect transfer the case to the city of Bogot?);

3. Respect the free exercise of the freedom of expression.

Source: CAJAR lawyers' collective


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POR LA LIBERTAD DE PRENSA? LIBERTAD A FREDY MU?OZ ALTAMIRANDA CORRESPONSAL EN COLOMBIA DEL CANAL TELESUR

Ayer 19 de noviembre de 2006, en horas de la noche, fue detenido por agentes del Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad ? DAS - el periodista FREDY MU?OZ ALTAMIRANDA, corresponsal en Colombia del Canal TELESUR, cuando regresaba al pa?s despu?s de participar en un taller de narrativa audivisual, organizado por TELESUR, que se adelantaba en el hermano pa?s de Venezuela. FREDY fue detenido por orden de la Fiscal?a 5 de Barranquilla, bajo el cargo de rebeli?n.

FREDDY MU?OZ lleva 12 a?os de ejercicio period?stico. Ejerci? como redactor del diario El Universal, de Cartagena, y El Peri?dico y reportero del noticiero de televisi?n 6:25, ambos de esa misma ciudad. Ha realizado diversos documentales para la serie Tr?picos, para TeleCaribe y produjo para la programadora Audiovisuales, de Se?al Colombia, la serie ?Leyendas?.

En su trayectoria se ha destacado por su independencia y como ?l mismo lo dice, en un comunicado p?blico que ha hecho llegar desde su sitio de detenci?n ?por promulgar la verdad en nuestros sufridos pa?ses latinoamericanos donde ?sta es el sol que desvela y disminuye a los se?ores de las sombras?.

Es de destacar la labor que desempe?a el canal TELESUR en la voz del periodista FREDY MU?OZ, de difusi?n de la din?mica social y las luchas por la reivindicaci?n de los derechos sociales y pol?ticos en el pa?s. En toda Am?rica Latina TELESUR se viene consolidando como una propuesta alternativa de comunicaci?n que se opone a la hegemon?a de los medios masivos que protegen los intereses de los poderosos grupos econ?micos y que a la luz de la denominada lucha antiterrorista, legitiman la persecuci?n a los movimientos sociales.

La detenci?n del periodista es clara muestra de la restricci?n que en Colombia tiene la libertad de prensa, y evidencia una vez m?s la persecuci?n a la que son sometidas las voces cr?ticas al actual gobierno con su pol?tica de seguridad democr?tica.

Por estas razones solicitamos a las autoridades competentes:

1. Se respete la vida e integridad f?sica y sicol?gica del periodista;

2. Se respete el debido proceso y el derecho a la defensa; y en este sentido, se traslade el expediente a la ciudad de Bogot?.

3. Se respete el libre ejercicio de la libertad de expresi?n.