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Honduras: Radio station director killed

A 26-year-old radio station director was killed yesterday in Honduras. Nery Jeremias Orellana was stopped and shot in the head by masked gunmen as he rode home from work on a motorcycle.  He died soon after he was taken to a local hospital. A supporter of recently ousted President Manuel

Gunmen in Honduras target media: kill one, wound another

Three gunmen killed Channel 24 television owner Luis Ernesto Mendoza Cerrato last week. Gunmen also wounded newspaper manager Manuel Acosta Medina two days as he drove home. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 11 journalists have been killed in Honduras since March 2010, at least three weer murdered in

Honduran radio station board president shot in leg

The board president of a Honduran radio station was shot in the leg on 13 March by two people who disagreed with his editorial policies. He was hospitalised but his condition has been described as “stable”. Franklin Melendez is the president of the board of community radio station La Voz

Honduras: Radio journalist survives assassination attempt

On 14 September Luis Galdámez, a radio journalist working for Radio Globo in Honduras, was targeted by unidentified assassins. He was ambushed as he returned home from work with his children in the car. However he and his son were able to repel the gunmen using the firearms they had

Honduras: Radio station stormed by 300 soldiers and police

La Voz de Zacate Grande, a community radio station was closed down by 300 soldiers and police officers, on 3 June. The station which began broadcasting on 14 April, defends the cause of the Association for the Development of the Zacate Grande Peninsula (ADEPZA), whose representatives are accused by agro-industrial

Honduran judges dismissed for political reasons

On May 12, the Honduran supreme court ratified its earliar decision to dismiss four lower-court judges who are members of Judges for Democracy, a group that has challenged the legality of the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya last year. Two of the judges, including the president of the group, were removed

International probe into Honduran journalist murders

International human rights monitors are to investigate the murders of journalists in Honduras. Since the beginning of March, seven reporters have been shot dead in the country. A delegation from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will travel to Honduras in May to determine whether the murders were related to

Seventh journalist murdered in Honduras

Georgino Orellana, a producer and presenter for Television de Honduras, is the seventh journalist to be murdered in Honduras in the past six weeks. Orellana had just left the station’s studios in San Pedro Sula last night, when he was shot dead by an unidentified person. The motive is still unknown

Honduras: impunity against media closures

On 12 April, a court dropped all the charges against the former commissioners of the National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL), accused  of the closure of two media during the political crisis of 2009. The Human Rights special prosecutor had accused them of the crime of abuse of authority, for ordering the

Honduras: Sixth journalist killed this year

On 11 April, Luis Antonio Chévez, host of a musical programme on Radio W105, was shot to death in the country’s business capital San Pedro Sula. His cousin, 20, was also killed in the incident. The motive for the killings is unknown, but police have ruled out a robbery, given that a

Honduras: Journalist flees country

On 28 March, José Alemán, a journalist with  Tiempo newspaper fled the country after a series of attacks, including an incident when two unidentified gunmen broke into his home in the rural municipality of San Marcos de Ocotepeque, near the border with El Salvador. His departure tops off a month in

Two journalists killed in Honduras

On 26 March, Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, were shot in their vehicle by unidentified gunmen, in Olancho, eastern Honduras. Both journalists were working on the news program “This is Olancho”. The double murder means that five journalists have been killed this month in Honduras, none of their killers have

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