Bedoya is a journalist who can offer personal and professional testimonies of the human rights situation in Colombia.
Kidnapped in 2000, Bedoya was raped and tortured by her captors – believed to be paramilitaries. In 2001 she won the Couage in Journalism Award and was offered asylum by a number of countries; all of which she turned down.
The national daily newspaper El Tiempo took her on to run their ‘law enforcement’ department; to track and write about the conflict between the FARC guerrillas, the paramilitary, the armed forces and the government. She also wrote about life in Colombian prisons; for which she was awarded the International Press Freedom Award in Canada in 2001.
In 2003 Bedoya travelled to Puerto Alvira; an area under the total control of the FARC guerrillas. She wanted to investigate the disappearance of 70 families and how everyone in the area has been forced into cocaine production.