2021 RAINFOREST INVESTIGATIONS FELLOW (COLOMBIA)
Journalist César Molinares was part of the team at Semana magazine in Colombia, where he investigated paramilitarism, environmental crimes, and corruption. He was the founding editor of VerdadAbierta.com, a media outlet that specialized in covering the armed conflict in Colombia, where he investigated the links between politicians, businessmen, the military, and drug traffickers and paramilitarism.
His investigative work earned him the Award for Excellence from the Inter American Press Association in 2012 and the Simón Bolívar National Journalism Award in 2011 and 2014. In 2016 he wrote for the Centro de Memoria Histórica, La Maldita Tierra, which delves into the complicity of multinational mining companies with crimes committed by illegal armed groups in the largest coal mining area of Colombia. Molinares is currently the director of 360-grados.co, a digital media that was born in 2018 and investigates organized crime, the environment, and corruption.
Molinares graduated from the Javeriana University in Colombia, where he studied journalism. He received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Barcelona and Columbia University.