Journalist and news radio director Luis Carlos Cervantes was shot and killed on Aug. 12 in the northwester town of Taraza in Colombia, 15 days after the National Protection Unit (UNP for its initials in Spanish) cancelled protection measures, which had been granted to the journalist due to numerous threats he had received over the last few months. On a press release, UNP said that they had retired the protection from Cervantes after determining he was no longer in danger.