BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Police in Colombia are investigating the murder of two journalists who were gunned down while returning home from a county fair.
Leyner Montero and Dilia Contreras were driving before dawn Sunday when men on motorcycles shot at their vehicle as they approached the town of Fundacion in northern Colombia, according to police.
Authorities said they are still not certain if the attack was linked to their journalistic work. Montero ran a community radio station in Fundacion that aired local news and cultural events, while Contreras ran a local news website and had recently been hired as a press officer for Fundacion’s municipal government. Police said Montero had been involved in a fight in the county fair that both journalists had attended over the weekend.
Colombia is the second most deadly country for journalists in Latin America after Mexico. According to the press freedom group Reporters Without Borders, nine journalists have been murdered in Colombia because of their work since 2016, when the nation’s government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia that ended five decades of war.