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Temporary Refuge for a Colombian Journalist

From June 11 to August 7, as part of its temporary asylum program, CADAL received the journalist Julián Martínez, author of the book Stab Wounds: Eight Years of Espionage and Barbarism (In Spanish, ChuzaDAS: Ocho años de espionaje y barbarie) , which won the 2017 Simón Bolívar Prize for the best book in literary journalism.

Thanks to the support of various international organizations dedicated to defending freedom of the press, the Colombian journalist Julián Martínez stayed in Buenos Aires under temporary asylum. In his home country, he is subject to harassment, surveillance and threats because of the work he does. In Buenos Aires, he was able to continue his work without the need for a police guard. CADAL took advantage of this opportunity to invite him to participate in several activities.

Julián Martínez en la Universidad Austral - Argentina

On Thursday, June 23, Julián Martínez gave a talk to students from the College of Communication at the main campus of Austral University in Pilar.

Martínez was interviewed by his colleague Jorge Elías about the Colombian presidential elections in the CADALTV series "Cuarto de Hora".

Julián Martínez autor del libro CHUZADAS en la bombonera.

Julián F. Martínez was born in Bogotá in 1988. He is an investigative journalist. He was a reporter for Contravía between 2008 and 2011, and for the bulletin Noticias Uno from 2007-2011. He founded the investigative group La Nueva Prensa with Gonzalo Guillén, in which they uncovered some of the biggest political scandals of 2020 in Colombia. He also directs the YouTube channel Contrapoder, where he chronicles the stories of powerful people. He has been honored with the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize three times: Best Television Reporting (2010), Best Investigative Reporting Work on Television (2014), and Best Literary Journalism Book (2017) for ChuzaDAS: ocho años de espionaje y barbarie (Ediciones B, 2016). Martínez studied Social Communication and Journalism at the Politécnico Grancolombiano and completed additional studies at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) and the Knight Center for Journalism at the University of Texas (USA).


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