Latin America & Caribbean

Colombia profile - Media

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Colombian journalists face intimidation by drug traffickers, guerrillas and paramilitaries.

A "pervasive climate of fear" has led to self-censorship, says American NGO Freedom House. A government programme provides protection to some at-risk journalists.

Despite this, private media are generally free to express a range of opinions and cover sensitive issues.

Media ownership is concentrated among a handful of private groups. TV is the main news source.

The print media are privately-owned; El Tiempo is the most widely-read newspaper.

More than 27.5 million Colombians were online by 2016 ( There are no curbs on access.

The press/online



Hundreds of stations are registered with the Ministry of Communications. Among the main networks are: