Posted September 21, 2018 07:17:47 After spending five years at a major news agency, Ramirod Martinez has decided he no longer wants to be a journalist.
“I am tired of being a reporter,” Martinez, an associate professor of journalism at New York University, said on Monday.
“My work is not good enough anymore.
It is boring.”
He added that he would prefer to pursue other interests, including music, film and politics.
Martinez, who has been a writer for The New York Times for three years, told the news site, “I have been writing for five-plus years now.
I am tired.”
The 54-year-old, who moved to Colombia from the United States five years ago, was among a group of journalists who attended the ceremony, which included Colombia’s president, Oscar Porras, the country’s vice president, and the countrys ambassador to the United Nations, Jorge Baez.
Porras and Baez also attended the event.
In a televised address from his residence, Porras praised the journalists for their work and said the news agency had “done its best to reach the people of Colombia”.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Poras called the media “the backbone of the democratic government”.
He also said the organization had done “the job it was supposed to do” during the drug war.
“We are here to say that this is a fight against corruption and that’s why we’ve brought the country together,” Porras said.
The government, he said, had been fighting corruption for more than two decades.
Colombia has a population of more than 6 million people.
The Associated International News Agency (IANAA) reported that the congress approved a bill on Monday that would allow the president to dismiss the police chief and three other police officers and give them immunity from prosecution.
The police chief, Pablo Martinez, is accused of corruption, bribery and misappropriation of public funds in the US.
In the past year, a group called the Bolivarian Council for the Defense of Democracy (CONDA) has claimed responsibility for the shooting of six journalists and the killing of two others, as well as the killing last week of two civilians.
The group, which has been accused of being an umbrella group of right-wing drug gangs, said in a statement that it would take revenge.
Poras also told reporters on Monday to “do the right thing”.
He said the new legislation will allow the government to take measures to curb the use of violence and drug trafficking.
He also called for “a new phase” in relations between the government and the media.
The new law allows the government the power to dismiss police chiefs and prosecutors.
However, it requires that the government must also give them a public hearing and hold a public vote to approve their dismissal.
A separate bill passed by the Congress earlier this month provides immunity to journalists from prosecution for the first time.
The Colombian government also said it will launch a judicial review of the convictions of nine journalists, accusing them of breaking a new law by not publishing information that could have prevented the deaths of the six journalists.
Colombia is one of the world’s most corrupt countries with an estimated $3 trillion worth of corruption-related revenue and nearly one in three people in the country live below the poverty line.
The country has been plagued by a deadly drug war, which began in the 1980s when the country was split between leftist guerrillas and paramilitary groups, which later joined forces with the military.
The military has also been accused in the killings of tens of thousands of people since the 1990s.
According to a survey by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, more than 1,000 journalists have been killed since President Juan Manuel Santos began his drug war in 2002.
The United Nations estimates that more than 4 million people have been detained since then, mostly for crimes ranging from selling drugs to fighting for the rebels.
Colombia, one of Colombia’s poorest countries, has also experienced an economic boom since the country became independent in 1990.
But a government crackdown on drug trafficking has been blamed for a sharp drop in economic growth, especially in the last decade, and millions of people have lost their jobs.