Colombian serviceman Juan Carlos Galvis demanded that the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais remove a story on extrajudicial killings of civilians in 2006, according to a Saturday publication by Colombia Reports.
According to El Pais, in 2006 three civilians were killed and two women were raped on an indigenous reserve in Colombia. The report alleged the crime was committed by servicemen of the Colombian Army's 10th Brigade, where the new Army Chief General Nicacio de Jesus Martinez Espinel occupied a high-ranking post at the time.
The serviceman argues that the initial conviction was wrongful since bullets taken from the bodies of the victims couldn't be linked to his firearm.
In his complaint against El Pais, Galvis claims the author mentioned his name thus violated his "fundamental right to a good name."
Colombian Reports claims this accusation is untrue.
Galvis is demanding that El Pais author Francesco Manetto "corrects" his coverage, removes the article from the website, and issues a public apology for defamation.
"I became aware of his existence only when he wrote to me. His name appeared neither in print nor online," Manetto said.
According to Colombia Reports, this is not an isolated incident of Colombian officials attempting to silence the press. The website reported that recent publications on human rights abuses also came under fire from the Colombian army and some local politicians. The New York Times's Colombia bureau chief reportedly "felt compelled to leave the country" after a publication saying that Martinez ordered soldiers to double their kill counts.