|Londoño's bombed car - it's amazing more people weren't killed.|
Theirs were very different histories, styles and viewpoints - but both show why it's still risky to be a journalist in Colombia.
Romeo Langlois is a youngish French journalist held by the FARC guerrillas, who siezed him after he fled during a firefight while accompanying Colombian soldiers.
|Fernando Londoño and ex-Pres. Alvaro Uribe|
|Romeo Langlois at work.|
Colombia is much less dangerous for journalists than someplace like Mexico, where drug violence is raging. And, Colombia has become much safer than it was in decades past, when Pablo Escobar and other narcos intimidated and murdered journalists who didn't write what they were told to.
Langlois' and Londoño's travails are reminders of why we should be grateful to the people take risks to provide us with news, analyze it and opinionate on it, in newspapers, radio, television and on the 'net.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours