Jineth Bedoya Lima studied journalism at Universidad Central of Colombia. She has worked for more than seventeen years as a journalist in the most important medias of the country such as RCN Radio, El Espectador and is currently in charge of special topics in Casa Editorial EL TIEMPO.
She has published the books ‘Los Patios del Infierno’ (2002), ‘Diario de un Combate’ (2005), ‘En Las Trincheras del Plan Patriota’ (2008), ‘La Pirámide de David Murcia’ (2009), ‘Te hablo desde la prisión’ (2010), ‘Vida y Muerte del ‘Mono Jojoy’ (2010), and ‘Blanco Neutralizado’ (2013).
Jineth is a recognized speaker of the Latin American Journalism Center (CELAP) and has given seminars to journalists of America and Europe. In 2001 she received the Courage in Journalism Award in New York and the International Press Freedom Award in Canada. In Colombia she has received several journalism awards.
Since September 2009 she has been spokesperson of the campaign ‘Rape and other Violence: Leave my Body Out of War’, an initiative of multiple NGOs led by OXFAM. In 2012 in Washington, she received the Woman of Courage Award given by the U.S. Department of State, which highlighted her persistence in continuing practicing journalism, despite been kidnapped, tortured and sexually abused while doing her work.
In 2009, after 9 years of been kidnapped, she decided to make her case public and created the “No Es Hora De Callar” campaign with which she has helped dozens of women who, like her, have been victims of sexual violence in Colombia.
In October 2013 she was chosen by the British Association AVOV as one of the hundred most influential journalists in the world, covering wars and violence. In June this year, women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize chose her as the spokesperson for survivors of sexual violence, within the framework of the World Summit held in London. In August 2014, President Juan Manuel Santos declared the date of her kidnapping (May 25) as the national day of women victims of sexual violence.