Honduras: Radio journalist murdered

Medardo Flores, a Honduran radio journalist who supported former President Manuel Zelaya, was gunned down on the night of 8 September, joining the long list of journalists who have been killed since Zelaya’s forced exile from the country in a June 2009 coup. Regional finance manager of the pro-Zelaya Broad Front for Popular Resistance (FARP), Flores was shot just two days after another leading FARP figure, Emo Sadloo, was assassinated. Flores’ death brings the number of Honduran journalists killed in the past 18 months to 15.

Honduras civil liberties decree lifted

The decree suspending civil liberties in Honduras has been formally repealed. The decree had suspended several civil liberties as well as preventing radio stations loyal to Zelaya from broadcasting. Robert Michetti the current leader of Honduras stated that the decree is no longer needed because “there is peace” in the country.
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Civil liberties suspended in Honduras

Interim leaders in Honduras suspended civil liberties on 27 September. Measures can now be taken to break up “unauthorised” public meetings, arrest people without warrants and restrict the news media. Media outlets which “attack peace and public order or which offend the human dignity of public officials, or attack the law” will be closed. Pro-Zelaya radio and television stations which have continued to broadcast Zelaya’s statements and criticise the government are primarily subject to these restrictions.

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