Jineth Bedoya Lima, Colombia

She made international headlines in early 2000 when the military affairs reporter for the newspaper El Espectador in Bogotá was kidnapped, beaten and sexually assaulted. She had been covering a jail house story about a dispute between inmates belonging to a right-wing paramilitary group called the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia and other prisoners. It is believed that the kidnapping occurred because of displeasure with Bedoya's report in El Espectador suggesting the leaders of the paramilitary group may have ordered execution-style killings during a battle inside the prison. Just months after the assault, Bedoya was back on her beat covering Colombia's bloody civil war in which at least 44 journalists have been killed and another 33 kidnapped in the past decade.