Keeping Human Rights Out of the U.S.

By Jigsaw / July 12, 2010 / 0 comments

The Obama administration has denied a visa for Hollman Morris to come to the US as a Nieman fellow at Harvard University.

Hollman Morris is an extraordinary journalist in Colombia.  He produces a television public affairs program called “Contravia,” in which he exposes corruption, human rights abuses and, recently, the unholy links between illegal far-right militias and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe, Washington’s closest ally in Latin America.  According to AP coverage cited on the Nieman Foundation’s website, “a consular official at the US Embassy in Bogota told [Nieman] that Morris was ruled permanently ineligible for a visa under the ‘Terrorist Activities’ section of the USA Patriot Act.”

Read more on Alex Gibney’s blog at The Atlantic >