The Board of Directors of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, joins its Ecuadoran members in condemning in the strongest terms possible the kidnapping and murder of journalists Javier Ortega, Paúl Rivas, and Efraín Segarra by a breakaway group of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) near the Ecuador-Colombia border. We offer our solidarity to the families, colleagues and friends of these journalists, whose objective was to investigate the truth about the scourge of drug trafficking-related violence afflicting the area.

These events in Ecuador are part of a growing wave of violence against the press that should not be tolerated anywhere in the world. “SIGNIS,” said in joint statement World President, Helen Osman and, Latin American President Carlos Ferraro “will continue to dedicate itself to work for the freedom of the press through its global network of communicators, and will denounce with equal force any similar harassment or attacks against journalists carrying out their crucial role.”

These colleagues were acting, to cite Pope Francis, as “protectors of news,” engaging in a “journalism that is truthful.” We pledge ourselves to redouble our commitment to a “journalism of peace,” knowing that “the truth will make you free.”

Brussels, Belgium, 13 April 2018