One of two kidnapped journalists freed by Colombian drug lords after months in captivity has said fugitive drug boss Pablo Escobar may surrender soon.

"All that's required is good sense and tact, and I think the surrender of Escobar is imminent," Francisco Santos said soon after drug traffickers freed him on Monday night, eight months after kidnapping him."I think peace with the Extraditables (the drug traffickers) is near. I haven't the slightest doubt about that," Santos told reporters at his house where he received an emotional welcome from family, friends and President Cesar Gaviria.

Escobar, boss of the Medellin cocaine cartel, is accused of masterminding a war on the state.