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Diana Turbay Quintero
Born (1950-03-09)March 9, 1950
Bogotá, Colombia
Died January 25, 1991(1991-01-25) (aged 40)
Medellín, Colombia
Spouse(s) Miguel Uribe

Diana Turbay Quintero (March 9, 1950 – January 25, 1991) was a Colombian journalist kidnapped by the Medellín Cartel and killed during a rescue attempt. Her story was portrayed in News of a Kidnapping, a non-fiction book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Early years[edit]

Diana Turbay was born on March 9, 1950, in Bogotá. Her father was Julio César Turbay,[1] the 25th president of the Republic of Colombia (1978–1982).

Journalistic work[edit]

Diana Turbay was a respected journalist in the Colombian media. She founded Noticiero Criptón, a television newscast, and the weekly magazine Hoy por Hoy.

Kidnapping and death[edit]

Turbay was kidnapped on August 30, 1990, when she was tricked into going to a supposed interview with a guerrilla leader, the Spanish priest Manuel Pérez Martínez, alias El Cura Pérez (The Priest Pérez). Turbay had been contacted by phone by an unidentified man. Later, a police investigation determined that the man belonged to Los Priscos, a criminal band, and was hired by Pablo Escobar.[2] The latter's aim was to kidnap as many politicians and journalists as possible, to prevent Colombian legislators from approving an extradition treaty with the United States. Additional victims of this strategy were Francisco Santos Calderón, Maruja Pachón and Marina Montoya.[3]

Turbay was kept on a farm near Copacabana, Antioquia, with her cameraman, Richard Becerra. She died on January 25, 1991, during a rescue operation launched by the police without authorization from the family. The cause of death was an assault rifle bullet in her back, which partially destroyed her liver and left kidney.[2]

Family[edit]

At her death, Turbay left two children, María Carolina Hoyos Turbay (born 1972) and Miguel Uribe Turbay (born 1986) and her husband, Miguel Uribe.

Popular culture[edit]

The story of Turbay's abduction is recounted in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's non-fiction book, News of a Kidnapping.[3]

Turbay was portrayed by the actress Liesel Potdevin in the 2012 TV series Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal.

Turbay was recently portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obituarios: Julio César Turbay Ayala, ex presidente de Colombia". El Mundo (in Spanish). September 15, 2005. 
  2. ^ a b "Hoy Se Cumplen 15 Años Del Asesinato De La Periodista Diana Turbay" (in Spanish). Las Voces Del Secuestro. January 25, 2006. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Stone, Robert (June 15, 1997). "The Autumn of the Drug Lord". The New York Times. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Marquez, Gabriel Garcia (1997). News of a Kidnapping. Grossman, Edith (trans). New York: Albert A. Knopf. p. 291. 

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Irish Independent

New Zealand Herald
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:11:15 -0700

In the foothills of the Andes above Bogota, with light fading, the film crew shoots a key scene in which Carillo leads the Colombian authorities' attempt to rescue Diana Turbay (one of the subjects of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's News of a Kidnapping) from ...

Periódico Zócalo

Periódico Zócalo
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:56:38 -0700

Ciudad de México.- Una profunda investigación acerca de Diana Turbay y una preparación de alto nivel requirió Gabriela de la Garza para lograr la interpretación adecuada de su personaje en la serie “Narcos”, que inspirada en la vida del colombiano ...

Publimetro

Publimetro
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 10:15:00 -0700

A través de dos subastas, el Banco de México (Banxico) vendió un total 307 millones de dólares para inyectar liquidez al mercado de divisas, frenar el encarecimiento del dólar y contener la depreciación del peso mexicano, que durante esta mañana ...

Informador.com.mx

Informador.com.mx
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:45:00 -0700

Mezclando el inglés y el español en los diálogos, “Narcos” desplegó sutiles retos a Gabriela de la Garza, que por la naturaleza de su personaje tendrá que modular el tono colombiano que caracterizó a Diana Turbay Quintero, además de ser el primer ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:04:21 -0700

Up in the foothills of the Andes above Bogotá, with light fading, the film crew shoots a key scene in which Carillo leads the Colombian authorities' attempt to rescue Diana Turbay (one of the subjects of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's News of a Kidnapping ...

Vanguardia Liberal

Vanguardia Liberal
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Casi quince años después de vivir el episodio más doloroso de su vida, María Carolina, hija de la mítica periodista Diana Turbay (asesinada tras un secuestro que duró cinco meses y que ordenaría Pablo Escobar), dice “masticar” su dolor de una manera ...

Sipse.com

Sipse.com
Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:03:45 -0700

Y aunque en la serie original De la Garza encarna a la periodista colombiana Diana Turbay, ni siquiera tuvo que esforzarse demasiado para modificar su acento. "No quisieron que fuera muy marcado al colombiano, precisamente porque es una serie ...

FOCUS Online

FOCUS Online
Thu, 27 Aug 2015 06:05:10 -0700

Die Frau ist Diana Turbay, Tochter des ehemaligen kolumbianischen Staatschefs Julio César Turbay (1978-82). Die Journalistin und Anwältin wurde 1990 vom Medellín-Kartell entführt - die Regierung sollte so erpresst werden, kein Auslieferungsabkommen ...
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