Hollman Morris, Labeled ‘Terrorist,’ Finally Harvard-bound
By Frank Smyth, July 27, 2010, The Comittee to Protect Journalists

For a month, U.S. officials in Bogotá told Colombian journalist Hollman Morris that his request for a U.S. visa to study at Harvard as a prestigious Nieman Fellow had been denied on grounds relating to terrorist activities as defined by the U.S. Patriot Act, and that the decision was permanent and that there were no grounds for appeal.

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Uribe, Courts Hold Critical Journalists in Contempt
By Frank Smyth, May 27, 2009, Committee to Protect Journalists

Original story ran on the Committee to Protect Journalists blog Daniel Coronell’s name didn’t come up in a hearing this week on Capitol Hill, even though CPJ had just learned that a Colombian court had ordered the arrest of the respected Canal Uno TV reporter and Semana magazine columnist over his work. Coronell is one

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U.S. Arms for Terrorists?
By Frank Smyth, June 13, 2005, The Nation

The Colombian police heard in early May that a big deal was going down inside a gated luxury community southwest of Bogotá. On May 3 they followed Colombian suspects, two of whom turned out to be retired Colombian Army officers, to a house filled with twenty-nine metal crates of arms and 32,000 rounds…

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Colombia Briefing: Bad Press
By Frank Smyth, September 1, 2001, Committee to Protect Journalists

Bogotá–On May 3, 2001, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) named Colombian paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño to its annual list of the ten worst enemies of the press. Six weeks later, a reporter from the Paris daily Le Monde caught up with Castaño in northern Colombia and asked how he felt about the distinction…

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Drug War Blues
By Frank Smyth, May 3, 2001, The SAIS Review

What kind of a man would stand up to the Republican mayor of New York, Rudolph Guliani, and tell him flat out that he is wrong? Tell him, “No, Rudy, just busting addicts doesn’t clean up the streets like you say…

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No Passage
By Frank Smyth, July 13, 2000,

American officials and others say the United States learned vital lessons in El Salvador that policymakers are now applying in Colombia. The gist of this argument is that like in El Salvador, the United States support of the Colombia military will eventually…

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Cold War Bias in Colombia?
By Frank Smyth, October 7, 1999,

Carlos Castano is not a name that comes up much in the debate over whether to escalate U.S. drug-war aid to Colombia. But policy-makers and politicians alike in America should be mindful of the alliances that he and other rightist paramilitaries…

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