Sunday, July 4, 2010
The Progressive reports some possible U.S. game-playing with the visa denial of Colombian journalist, Hollman Morris, a highly acclaimed investigative reporter and TV journalist in Colombia. Morris received a “Defender of Human Rights” award from Human Rights Watch in 2007. On October 30, 2007, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns met with Morris and congratulated him personally for winning this award. On June 16, the U.S. embassy in Bogotá denied his visa, Morris reports. The Nieman Foundation at Harvard had selected Morris as one of its International Nieman Fellows for the next academic year in Cambridge, Mass.
UPDATE (July 11): It later was reported that the State Department has said that the visa was denied under the "terrorist activities" provision of the USA PATRIOT Act.