JOURNALISTS´ TRADE UNION IN COLOMBIA
Azael Carvajal Martínez
© Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)
Colombia is a country that, since the Political Constitution of 1991 was adopted, has incorporated substantial changes, especially in the vast field of public liberties, human rights and legal guarantees so that its exercise would be carried out more and more effectively and thus would consolidate a genuine participatory democracy that would allow, in practice, the access, and the enjoyment, of citizens to civic life, something that involves to request, to claim, to suggest, to complain or to demand, according to each case or to each situation, that the social mission entrusted to a servant be fully fulfilled. Thus, the communication between those parties, citizens and civil servants, is mediated by words, a sign of how life goes in current societies.
Precisely, as a way to preserve this link that communication is, on this occasion we call for a reflection on the creation of a union of journalists in Colombia. The main tool of its members would be words. The project is sponsored by the Colombian Federation of Journalists, FECOLPER, an Institution that promotes it as part of the development of the right of trade union´s association, and that is closely related with the fulfillment of the right to information, what happens when the qualified subject, the journalist, on the one hand, and the organized subject, id est, the firm´s owner that manages the mass media, on the other hand, work harmoniously in favour of the universal subject, every member of society.