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January 7, 2011

Honduras asks US, Colombia, and Spain for help in solving journalist killings

President Porfirio Lobo’s government has asked for the help of the United States, Colombia, and Spain to help investigate the killings of ten Honduran journalists who died in 2010, El Heraldo reports. According to EFE, Lobo asked the Security Ministry to “coordinate actions with international investigation agencies in friendly countries.” Last week, the Journalists’ Guild said that FBI agents were helping to investigate recent crimes against media workers. Earlier this week, the vice-minister... MORE
January 7, 2011

Honduras: Minister insists no journalist was murdered in connection with their work

Honduran deputy security minister Armando Calidonio insisted during a TV appearance that none of the ten murders of journalists in the country during 2010 was connected to the victim’s work. “None of these murders is linked to the practice of journalism,” he said. “It is highly improbable and I say so sincerely.” Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has described the minister’s comment as an intolerable denial of reality. A probable or proven link to the victim’s work... MORE
December 30, 2010

Inter-American Court orders Honduran government to protect threatened journalist

Journalist José Luis Galdámez and his family deserve protection by Honduran authorities, according to an order from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, reported the Associated Press. Galdámez has a radio program in which he has openly supported ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Galdámez has received several death threats and in September hesurvived, unharmed, an armed attack in front of his house. According the news agency AFP, the court's resolution said the Honduran government should... MORE
December 30, 2010

Another journalist gunned down in Honduras, tenth this year, motive not yet known

Henry Suazo, Tegucigalpa-based radio HRN’s correspondent in La Ceiba, in the north-coast department of Atlántida, was gunned down as he left his home Tuesday morning, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reported. His unidentified killers immediately left the scene. The motive is not yet known. Aged 39, Suazo also worked for Cablevisión del Atlántico, a local TV station. He was the 10th journalist to be murdered in Honduras this year. It has been established that... MORE
December 30, 2010

Honduras: Two community radio reporters to be tried for “disobeying the authorities”

A judge in the southern Honduran town of Amapala has decided to try community radio reporters Elia Xiomara Hernández and Elba Yolibeth Rubio on charges of disobeying the authorities and “taking part in demonstrations that obstruct public services.” The trial is to take place on January 11, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Hernández and Rubio, who work for radio La Voz de Zacate Grande, were arrested on December 15 while covering a protest by a family... MORE
December 19, 2010

Honduras: Opposition media criminalised, two journalists arrested while covering eviction

Elba Yolibeth Rubio and Elia Xiomara Hernández, two reporters for community radio La Voz de Zacate Grande, were arrested in Honduras after covering a family’s eviction from land on the southern island of Zacate Grande by police and marines on December 15, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Around 20 arrests were made when the family, with the support of neighbours, protested against their expulsion from land in the locality of Coyolito that is claimed... MORE
September 17, 2010

Critical Honduran reporter survives shooting attack

Unidentified gunmen in Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, on Tuesday shot at journalist Luis Galdámez Álvarezn outside his home, the journalist himself told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Galdámez was uninjured. Galdámez, a reporter for the national broadcaster Radio Globo and Globo TV, was going into his house in the neighborhood of Villa Centroamericana around 11:30 p.m. when unidentified gunmen hiding behind bushes fired at him at least eight times, he... MORE
September 6, 2010

Honduras: No let-up for radio stations that opposed coup

There has a new surge in cases of harassment and censorship of Honduran journalists working for radio stations that have been outspoken in their criticism of the government since the June 2009 coup d'état, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Radio Uno, an educational station in the northern city of San Pedro Sula that has repeatedly criticised the regime, was forced off the air by an act of sabotage on the night of August 30. It has since been able to... MORE
August 26, 2010

Honduran radio reporter shot in latest journalist murder

Honduran radio reporter Israel Zelaya Díaz was found shot to death on Tuesday along a rural road near the northern city of San Pedro Sula, the latest in an alarming string of journalist murders in the country. New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Honduran authorities to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation into Zelaya's killing. Zelaya, 56, a radio reporter for the San Pedro Sula-based broadcaster Radio Internacional, was last seen... MORE
August 5, 2010

Crimes against journalists not being punished in Honduras

In Honduras, the political condition is so bad that criminals are able to kill journalists freely with no worries. In a matter of weeks, seven journalists have been murdered and the Honduran authorities have been tardy in their attempts in pursuing the killers. Spanning from the beginning of March till mid June, seven murders is a disconcerting count during such a short time in a country with a population of just 7.5 million. With most of the murders being clear assassinations carried out by... MORE