Who was the journalist and plastic artist Mauricio Gómez Escobar | Culture

Mauricio Gómez Escobar died at the age of 73 as a result of cancer that affected him in recent years. He is the son of the sacrificed Álvaro Gómez Hurtado and grandson of former President Laureano Gómez Castro. He studied law and graphic arts but did not exercise them fully.

As a journalist, he worked for the Noticiero 24 Horas and the newspaper El Nuevo Siglo, owned by his family. He also on Caracol Radio, CM & and Canal Caracol. She collaborated sporadically with other national and foreign media. His brothers were Álvaro José and María Mercedes.

The last interview with Caracol Radio was on April 7, 2021 after the statements of alias Carlos Antonio Lozada in which he assured that it was the FARC that assassinated Álvaro Gómez Hurtado.

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In 1985 Mauricio Gómez managed an interview with the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. It was a partnership project between Caracol Radio and the 24-hour Newscast.

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Resorting to sarcasm, that report of the 24-hour Newscast and radio snail to Augusto Pinochet was mentioned as the CUTTING, reasons that Mauricio explained

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Mauricio with his cameraman and the annoyance that he had not allowed Yamid Amat to enter the Palacio de la Moneda in Santiago, dared to ask the dictator Pinochet harsh questions.

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Mauricio’s friends and acquaintances called him “El Godo”, he explained it this way in an interview with Darío Arismendi and the team of 6AM Hoy por hoy in 2006.

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For his reports and other journalistic work he was awarded on multiple occasions but also received death threats and in 1988 he sought asylum in France, which he took advantage of to study art. Painting occupied most of the time in the 90s.

In the early 2000s he focused on sculpture, or as he said, statues. In 2006 he had an exhibition at the Cometa gallery in Bogotá. The works were made from items he got from French flea markets.

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In October 2019, in an interview with Caracol Radio about the death of Javier Darío Restrepo, Mauricio made a statement that defines what is experienced on social media

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The 24-hour newscast existed between 1977 and 2000. It faced difficulties due to the constant situation in the country, however there were rougher years

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Messages of condolence to the family and friends of Mauricio Gómez Escobar abound while his colleagues and disciples of journalism remember him with the best professional and personal moments.

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