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Communiqués published by the Peace Delegation, the Central High Command and the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP
Thursday, 09 February 2017 00:00

FARC-EP sends greetings to all journalists on their day

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On the occasion of commemorating the Journalists Day [Feb 9 is celebrated as Journalist Day in Colombia], the FARC-EP wishes to extend congratulations and a strong embrace to all the members of the national and international press. We know that it is not an easy task to seek and transmit information to the general public, especially in these times in which the powerful strive to tie and manipulate the news.

We know that journalists face the immutable condition of reporting on what they investigate while depending on the angle from which they stand, which is position that is not always freely determined by journalists since this angle may be previously defined by the conglomerates and interests that pay him or her. Therefore their work always results controversial.

This does not detract merits from their professional activity, although it may seem like they only see things from the perspective that want to see them.

As long as society and institutions ensure that interests other than those of businessmen can also carry out the work of researching and reporting, others may reveal the truth that some try to avoid being known.

So along with these brief words in homage to the journalistic guild, we would like to call for the fight for a complete informational opening. The right to be informed must be satisfied by the real possibility of facts and analysis to be provided by the press from all sources and versions and not just a few.

The working conditions of the entire journalistic family must be dignified and fair. The best profession in the world, as described by our Nobel García Márquez, is obligatorily related to the duty to work to overcome the conditions of human indignity in which a large part of the world population is found. It cannot be a job for cynics as Ryszard Kapuścińsk says.

In our struggle for peace and social justice, we have a special affection for all those journalists and alternative communicators who, despite the hostilities, signs and difficulties, daily show their vocation to spread the truth that springs from the excluded, disadvantaged and discriminated sectors; to them, our encouragement and applause.

Peace talks have revealed the emergence of journalism that comes from the insurgency. It is a group of young men and women formed within the principles and values ​​of solidarity and the struggle for justice. The mysticism with which they perform their meritorious work deserves our recognition as well. They also build a New Colombia.