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Septimo dia

Septimo dia is a Colombian television newsmagazine broadcast by Caracol TV on Sunday evenings. It proclaims itself as "a weapon against injustice".

Septimo dia first aired in 1996 on Canal Uno, when Caracol TV was still a production company. At the time it was presented by its creator, Manuel Teodoro, and Adriana Vargas. The show was successful, but also had to face a the large amount of sues against it, which was the reason Caracol TV pulled it out of air in 2000. Eventually, Caracol TV won all the legal suits.

A new season of Septimo dia started on 10 June 2007, presented by Teodoro and Silvia Corzo.

In the Miami, Florida market, Septimo dia is broadcast by WGEN-TV on Sunday nights.


The format is somewhat similar to CBS 60 Minutes, featuring three long-form news stories. Septimo dia usually undertakes its own investigations. Some episodes feature one or two stories; one story can also span multiple episodes.

One of the stories deals with controversial issues, such as euthanasia, organ donations or even the Colombian armed conflict.

As its American counterpart, many stories focus on allegations of wrongdoing and corruption, but instead politicians or corporations, Septimo dia deals with companies, businesses or persons who usually practice scams and who are denounced by the viewers. They are commonly either subjected to an interview, or try to evade contact with the Septimo dia crew altogether, either by written notice or by simply fleeing from the approaching journalist and their camera crew.

The third story is often a more light-hearted report or a profile.

Controversies on Season 2

On the episode broadcast 2 March 2008, Septimo dia denounced a corruption case at the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF), involving an employee who was asking for money in order to speed adoption processes up. The next week, Elvira Forero, director of ICBF, sent a letter to Paulo Laserna Phillips, CEO of Caracol TV, stating that the corruption case was presented in a "sensationalist" way. Ms Forero added that the case was already under investigation and that Septimo dia had broken a law forbidding media to broadcast or publish names and data "which identify or could lead to the identification of children and teenagers." On 25 April 2008, the involved employee was captured and later released because an error on the arrest procedure; she would be captured again two months later Oscar Vela, Adopciones por dinero!, El Espacio, 26 June 2008.

On the 9 March 2008 episode, Septimo dia broadcast a special report by Teodoro about the situation of Colombian immigrants in Spain, victims of xenophobia. Teodoro interviewed a fellow journalist, living in Spain, who was beaten and kicked by Spaniard youngsters. The next day, the journalist called W Radio to denounce that Teodoro stated, by using the voice-over technique, in the episode broadcast the night before —which he watched on Caracol TV Internacional— that he received intensive care and suffered several fractures, which, according to him, was not true. He called Teodoro a "liar" and a "sensationalist." Manuel Teodoro, director de Septimo Dia, defiende la veracidad de las imagenes donde demuestra agresiones a un colombiano en Espana por xenofobia, W Radio Colombia, 10 March 2008 Periodistas: Unos orgullo, otros verguenza, Gustavo Castro Caycedo, Magazin Ver Bien, March 2008 In an article on this incident for a magazine, veteran journalist Gustavo Castro Caycedo criticizes Teodoro and quotes Jorge Enrique Botero (also a journalist), who had questioned in 1999 the use of the hidden camera technique in Septimo dia's season 1.

A Bogota local prosecutor prevented Caracol TV to broadcast an episode two days before its scheduled transmission on 25 April 2008, and asked for the raw audiovisual material recorded for a report by Marcela Pulido, dealing with the case of an unidentified woman who had health and personal issues because of a poorly performed buttock augmentation. The woman wished to expose (with the help of Septimo dia) the beautician who, without being a physician or a plastic surgeon, illegally performed the surgeryFundacion para la Libertad de Prensa, Public prosecutor prohibits broadcast of cosmetic surgery expose, demands television station's files on case, International Freedom of Expression eXchange, 9 May 2008. The prosecutor, who was investigating the case, based her decision on the grounds that Septimo dia was "asked to deliver all of the information obtained by [it] to this office, in order to clarify the incidents in question." Teodoro told Foundation for Press Freedom, an NGO which works for journalists' rights, that he was ''"surprised that just before the programme was to be aired, legal proceedings are said to have been initiated by the Prosecutor's Office,"because the only investigation on the issue so far was "the one his programme has undertaken." The episode would eventually be broadcast 24 August 2008, after getting an authorization Septimo dia Cual puede ser el precio de la belleza? (full episode), Caracol TV, 24 August 2008.

On 20 and 27 July 2008 Septimo diadealt with the so-called Narcotourism'' in Bogota, Medellin, and Cartagena, showing how foreigners come to Colombia in order to get easy and cheap access to drugs. Cartagena's police commander, Col. Carlos Mena Bravo, after being asked by journalist Gloria Lozano why foreigners are not searched when some parties allegedly known to involve drug use end at sunrise, replied "we do not want to bother the foreigners, if it is not because of the results of an investigative process of information we have received about this person may be possessing narcotics." Caracol TV, Septimo dia: La ruta del vicio - part 2.1, 27 July 2008; transcription at Faabis.com:

Gloria Lozano: A las 6:00 de la manana, justo cuando empieza a amanecer se prenden las luces de la discoteca, la rumba termina. En frente de la entrada principal se encuentran un par de policias. Usted se preguntara: por que no hacen una requisa? El coronel Carlos Ramiro Mena es el Comandante de Policia de Cartagena... Coronel, la policia le hace requisas a los extranjeros en las calles?
Col. Carlos Mena: Nosotros no queremos molestar a los extranjeros, si no es por el resultado de un proceso investigativo o por informacion que hayamos recibido de que esta persona podria portar estupefacientes.
Lozano: Es por este trato flexible que los extranjeros dicen amar a Colombia y en especial a Cartagena: nadie los molesta, andan libremente consumiendo droga muy barata sin meterse en lios policiales. In the following days, tourist guides demonstrated showing their contempt for the way they were depicted in the episode. The demonstrators were carrying banners, one of them reading "Septimo dia is a lie." Juan Carlos Diaz, Rebelion contra Septimo Dia, El Heraldo, July 2008 They told Barranquilla-based El Heraldo newspaper that two men, claiming to be tourist guides, who told the journalists about where and who sold drugs were actually impostors. In a column published by El Colombiano newspaper, writer Pascual Gaviria criticized Septimo dia because "the tone [of the special report on Narcotourism] was of false surprise and permanent moral condemnation." Pascual Gaviria, Calculada indignacion, El Colombiano, 2 August 2008

External links

Official site

* Site on WGEN-TV

A 2000 interview with Manuel Teodoro following its first cancellation

Press release on Season 2 launch

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