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This decision comes after a process that began with an alleged Bieri censorship against the presenter of the program Los Puros Criollos, Santiago Rivas. That censorship was denounced by Flip when it broadcast the recording of a work meeting with Bieri and some of his collaborators in which he made clear his dissatisfaction with the presenter for having criticized the government.
By attacking the Flip through evidently unfounded, arbitrary assertions, without supporting evidence, democracy and the rights of journalists were also attacked.
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When studying the case, the Chamber found that at the meeting of December 6, 2018, held at RTVC, there were acts of censorshipinitially direct and subsequently indirect, in both cases for retaliatory purposes and capable of generating
a deterrent effect on Rivas and other communicators and journalists.
The Court also said that the actions of Diana Marcela Díaz Soto -who recorded the aforementioned work meeting-, and without prejudice to the proceedings carried out by the Prosecutor’s Office, “is protected by the Political Constitution, because it is an act intended to sound the alarms in favor of democracy, given the evidence of the aforementioned acts of censorship”.
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In addition, the Court said that Juan Pablo Bieri Lozano published information, through a series of tweets, in defense of his management at RTVC Sistema de Medios Públicos, which did not meet the standards of truthfulness and impartiality.
“With that, violated the right to Flip’s good name, as he accused her without any evidence of having manipulated a recording – illegal in his opinion – and of having been an accomplice in the crimes of libel and slander against him,” added the Court.
“By attacking the Flip through evidently unfounded, arbitrary assertions, without supporting evidence, democracy and the rights of journalists were also attacked, aggravating the difficult situation faced by human rights defenders in Colombia,” the ruling says. .
Therefore, the Court insisted that human rights organizations must receive special constitutional protection and pointed out that the violation of their fundamental rights is a matter that must be resolved by the constitutional judge.
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