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DW Akademie in Colombia

DW Akademie supports initiatives in Colombia that focus on strengthening media diversity.

Partnertreffen der DW Akademie in Kolumbien (DW)

Partner meeting of DW Akademie in Colombia

After decades of armed conflict between state security forces, left-wing guerillas and right-wing paramilitaries, freedom of expression in Colombia remains limited. Polarization, marginalization and the exchange of insults between rival groups are the norm. Journalists who begin to research sensitive issues immediately face threats from illegal, armed factions. Just a few carefully selected murders suffice to intimidate entire groups of professionals. The most influential media are in the hands of a few large corporations entwined with economic interests. Colombia is among the countries with such a high concentration of media ownership. Members of ethnic minorities are barely represented in the media.

Our Activities

In Colombia, DW Akademie supports media and citizens' initiatives in dealing with human rights crimes committed during the armed conflict. They look at what happened and at how to prevent past horrors from recurring. DW Akademie brings together actors from various social groups including community media, journalists' associations, victims' associations, universities and ethnic minorities.

In addition, DW Akademie works with initiatives aimed at strengthening media diversity. For example, it promotes an indigenous media center in the Cauca region which over the past decades has been a hot spot for armed conflicts. The center strengthens the right of freedom to information and expression for marginalized ethnic minorities.


Dealing with their country's current conflicts and those of the recent past is a key challenge for journalists and Colombia’s media sector. The Antioquia region with its capital Medellín has the highest number of victims.

Together with the public Universidad de Antioquia, DW Akademie supports local media and victim initiatives in coming to terms with the past. The university also promotes research, journalism studies, and the culture of remembrance and reconciliation.


Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Country Coordinator: Matthias Kopp

Deployed Specialist: The DW Akademie country coordinator is based in Medellín and is a guest lecturer at the University of Antioquia.

Locations: Medellín, Bogotá, Barranquilla, Popayán

Local partners: Consejo de Redacción (CdR)Universidad de Antioquia (UdeA), Consejo Regional Indígena del Cauca (CRIC)Radio Vokaribe

Focus: Professionalization and viability of the media sector, civic engagement, participation of disadvantaged groups, participatory media services, journalism education, conflict-sensitive reporting, networks in journalism, culture of remembrance and reconciliation

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