The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of Colombian broadcast journalist Argemiro Cárdenas Agudelo, which took place on March 15 in Dosquebradas, and is urging authorities to carry out a diligent, timely, and thorough investigation and not to rule out the possibility that this crime is related to the victim’s work in the media.
According to the information received, when Agudelo was at the radio station where he worked, he received a phone call requesting that he meet with someone. As he was on his way to the meeting, an unknown person approached him and shot him several times in plain view. Argemiro Cárdenas had been the mayor of Dosquebradas, and he was the founder and manager of the community radio station La Metro Radio 92.1 FM. He was the director of the Cafetera Radial Radio Network (Red Radial Cafetera) and representative of the western region of Colombia before the Consultative Committee of Radio of the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MINTIC).
On March 1, he had been nominated for the position of National Representative of the World Association of Community Radios (AMARC).
The authorities have not determined the causes behind the killing and are investigating several theories. The Commission urges them to clarify the motives of the crime, to identify and punish those responsible, and to ensure just compensation for the victims’ next of kin.