Mauricio Lezama: Colombia Filmmaker Shot Dead Reporting Documentary on Violence.
May 10, 2019 | Brainwave Science
A Colombian filmmaker, Mauricio Lezama, was shot dead while making a documentary on the victims of violence in the north-east of the country by four-armed unidentified men. According to reports, Mauricio Lezama was conducting interviews and compiling testimonies from the people who suffered violence during the civil war when he was shot and killed by four armed men in Arauca, place which is already infamous as a center of drug trafficking and smuggling.
Governor Ricardo Arevalo blamed splinter members of the FARC (The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebel group for the assassination of Mauricio Lezama as they believe he was an informant. These are same members who reject the peace deal between FARC rebels and the Colombian government that put an end to a 52-year conflict that killed 260,000 people.
According to his colleagues, Mauricio Lezama was working on a documentary entitled Mayo that describe the circumstance of the assassination of a nurse during Colombia’s armed conflict. Investigator stated that four unidentified gunmen shot the Colombian filmmaker multiple times and fled the crime scene on motorbikes.
The group Reporters Without Borders urged the Colombian government to investigate the crime and bring those responsible to justice.
Today, violence against journalists and activists is fortunately common around the globe especially in Latin American countries and has become a serious and sensitive issue to address. Colombian journalism especially has not forgotten its darkest time, when due to drug trafficking and armed conflict, the country became one of the deadliest to practice this profession. Colombian authorities reported that the number of slain journalists has gone down in recent years. However, recent cases indicate that the killing and threating journalists had escalated tragically over the past year. Questioning whether darkest time for journalism are really over in Colombia after peace deal between FARC and Colombian government? Almost hundreds of journalists, activists or anyone who brings out the truth were killed, kidnapped and tortured by mercenaries, making it the deadliest country for journalism today.
Foundation for Freedom of the Press (FLIP) released a statistic that in Colombia, approximately two hundred of journalists have been killed by causes related to their work. In contrary to these reports, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has repeatedly urged Colombian authorities to “take these threats to journalists seriously” and criticized the lack of response from the UNP.
It is true that regions characterized by lawlessness, drug trafficking, smuggling, organized crime and guerilla conflict remain dangerous for everyone. However, journalists and people who brings out the truth like land and environmental defenders are often targeted in retribution for their investigative work exposing present or previous criminal activities. Most recent cases to brush our memories are Mexican Environment activist murdered before referendum; Ghanaian journalist killed as he was investigating the corruption in Ghana’s football leagues and the most scandalous one is the Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, killed in Saudi consulate in Turkey.
Mauricio Lezama case isn’t unfamiliar for Colombian law enforcement agencies, but it would unquestionably be a complex one as the motive behind the murder isn’t clear and whether alleged gunmen were rogue FARC members, not a political murder? Situation with rogue FARC is something that Colombian government and law enforcement agencies are still struggling with. Mauricio Lezama case need to be comprehensively analyzed by law enforcement personnel to reveal the truth behind this enigma, understand the motive and perpetrator and prosecute the guilty within a record-breaking time. Would Mauricio Lezama case would be set an example for remaining countries and ensure that Colombia is perfectly safe for journalism to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of expression.
As the level of violence against journalists, activists, individuals who brings out the truth about the community are increasing around the globe at an unprecedented rate. It is the duty of government and law enforcement agencies to protect these unsung heroes, who jeopardize their life to provide us with truth about our community. In order to provide justice to Mauricio Lezama and protect lives of these unsung heroes, investigators need a quick and effective way to screen suspects and gain accurate intelligence related to this mystery case.
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