Colombia Reports
Type of site
News
Available in English
Founded 2008
Headquarters Medellín, Colombia
Founder(s) Adriaan Alsema
Key people Adriaan Alsema, Editor-in-Chief
Jenifer Rivera, coordinator
Employees <10
Website colombiareports.com
Alexa rank Negative increase 174,993 (September 2016)[1]
Advertising Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 2008
Current status Active

Colombia Reports is a Colombian news website in English, founded in 2008 by Dutch journalist Adriaan Alsema and headquartered in Medellín. It claims to be "independent" and "not affiliated with any political or social organization."[2]

The site started "as a weblog just to bring Colombian news in English in a way it wasn’t being brought."[3] Alsema claimed in a 2009 interview that "even though Colombia is one of the most important countries for U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, the information available to those that don’t speak Spanish was very limited."

On February 26, 2014, Colombia Reports received angel funding from GITP Ventures[4] in order to more aggressively expand the company's offerings in the marketplace.[5] GITP Ventures and Colombia Reports parted ways on February 9, 2016, with Alsema stating in an editorial "that running a news website almost automatically creates conflicts with the economic interests of investors".[6]

ControversiesEdit

Colombia Reports has never shied away from controversy, including editorials by Alsema about sex in Colombia[7] and interviews by staff with Colombian sex tourists.[8]

In April 2015, Colombia Reports' editor-in-chief Adriaan Alsema published a series of articles claiming that between 2003 and 2007, US military personnel and contractors had sexually abused many Colombian children. By June 2015, it was discovered that the source for these articles was faulty and Alsema was forced to retract those stories, expressing regret that he "felt responsible for having spread an urban myth".[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colombiareports.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-09-15. 
  2. ^ "About Colombia Reports". Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Rodas, Albeiro (16 June 2009). "Colombia reports for Good-Looking Intellectuals". Colombia Passport. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colombia Reports Raises Funding from GITP Ventures". 26 February 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "GITP - Colombia Reports Announcement Party". 8 March 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Independent again, Colombia Reports celebrates 8th anniversary". 9 February 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Colombia and SEX". Colombia Reports. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "The other side of the debate; Colombia's sex tourists get a say". Colombia Reports. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Worse Than Nothing". WYNC. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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