8/11/1989
Assassination of Journalist Jorge Enrique Pulido

The journalist Jorge Enrique Pulido was attacked at 1:30 pm, after presenting the news on Mundo Visión, the newscast he directed. Photograph: El Espectador

Hitmen sent by Pablo Escobar shot the journalist Jorge Enrique Pulido. Although he survived the attack, he passed away days later. His denunciations and special reports made him an enemy of the drug traffickers.

At 1:30 pm on October 29, 1989, when Jorge Enrique Pulido was traveling through downtown Bogotá in his car, two hitmen approached him and shot him four times.

The director of the Mundo Visión newscast was taken to San Pedro Claver Clinic, where he was hospitalized for ten days. His health rapidly deteriorated because one of the bullets affected his lung function. Eventually, he died at 2 pm on November 8.

His Opinion

In the 28 years of his work in journalism, Pulido stands out for his critical perspective. In his last years, through a series of special reports, he warned of the rise in drug trafficking, the existence of criminal gangs, and money from drug trafficking funding political campaigns.

It was clear where the bullets came from. Those who got in the drug traffickers’ way lost their lives. Pulido firmly denounced the mafia’s atrocities”. Edulfo Peña, periodista, El Espectador, 2014.

These denunciations put him in the drug traffickers’ sights. As well as the constant threats that he received in the form of cards of condolence and anonymous phone calls, on May 16, a few months before being assassinated, the office of his JEP -Jorge Enrique Pulido- production company was the target of a terrorist attack with dynamite. In the midst of the rubble, Pulido declared that his convictions would not be silenced by the violence.

The investigation into the murder of Pulido implicated the boss of the Medellín Cartel, Pablo Escobar. However, the crime went unpunished because of a lack of evidence and the death of the drug trafficker.

An Entire Life

Jorge Enrique Pulido had a degree in Radio and Television that he studied in West Germany. This reporter from Bogotá started his career in the seventies as an editorial assistant for the Todelar newscast. Later, he became the deputy director and then the director of this newscast. He worked for RCN and created his own television production company.

Politics was his passion. He had a Master’s degree in Political Science and he was a columnist of important Colombian newspapers, including El Siglo, La República, El Espacio, El Colombiano, La Patria and El Tiempo. He was also a professor at Javeriana University and Jorge Tadeo Lozano University.

With his death, Pablo Escobar confirmed that the journalists who dared to denounce the emergence of drug trafficking in Colombian society were on his list of enemies.

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