Journalist takes on powerful criminals and drug gangs in Colombia

Produced by the World Vision Report

August 2, 2011

(AP/Fernando Vergara)
Colombia's National Drug Office seized these cars from drug lords in Bogota.

Despite efforts to demobilize paramilitary groups in Colombia, the country is still one of the most violent in the world. The danger is especially high for journalists who dare to report on Colombia’s powerful criminals and drug gangs, many of which are controlled by former paramilitary fighters. Leiderman Ortiz publishes a tabloid newspaper in the northern Colombian city of Caucasia. He specializes in exposing local corruption and the links between government officials and the gangs.

As Nadja Drost reports, his courage comes at a price.


This story originally aired on the World Vision Report and is provided by the Public Radio Exchange.