NORDIC NEWS NETWORK
9 January 2008
Colombian “Diplomat” Threatens Lives
Of Regime Critics and Swedish Journalist
A Swedish journalist with long experience of Latin America is the primary target of thinly veiled death threats from the former head of intelligence at Colombia’s Stockholm embassy.
Writing in the leading Colombian weekly El Espectador , Ernesto Yamhure has accused reporter Dick Emanuelsson of being, among other things, “the FARC guerrillas’ representative in Europe” and “one of FARC’s more important ambassadors in Europe”. Similar accusations have also been aimed at Swedish and Colombian parliamentarians, and two solidarity organizations based in Sweden.
In the past, such accusations have often been followed by the torture and murder of the accused. Over 120 journalists are known to have been murdered in Colombia during the past twenty years, while others have fled into exile, sought safety in self-censorship or switched to less deadly occupations.
“Of course, there is not an ounce of truth in the absurd statements of Yamhure,” says Dick Emanuelsson, whose reporting has been a source of irritation to brutal regimes in Latin America for over a quarter-century. “This is just one more example of the Uribe government and its henchmen attempting to frighten journalists and others into silence.”
The reaction of the Swedish government has not been especially visible or robust, reflecting the transformation that the country has undergone since the assassination of Olof Palme in 1986– from widely respected, independent voice of reason in world affairs to just another vassal-state within the U.S. empire.
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