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World Honduras: Journalist shot dead, 85th in two decades

10:05  29 september  2020
10:05  29 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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A Honduran journalist who was a sharp government critic has been killed in a drive-by shooting , police said Monday, bringing the number of reporters killed in the country to 85 in two decades . In June, a journalist and his cameraman were shot dead in the Caribbean port of La Ceiba.

She is 16th media worker to be killed in the country in two years. Journalist Luz Marina Paz Villalobos has been killed in Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital, along with her driver and Two men on a motorcycle intercepted their car when they were driving to work at the Honduras News Channel

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A Honduran journalist was shot and killed on Sunday September 27 by two strangers riding a motorcycle. This is the 85th assassination of a journalist since 2001 in this Central American country, one of the most dangerous in the world outside armed conflict zones, police said on Monday.

Luis Almendares, 35, a freelance internet journalist and government critic, had filed a dozen death threats complaints with the police and with an official institution for the protection of journalists, according to rights organizations of man.

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A journalist was shot dead on Tuesday in northern Honduras , hospital officials said, becoming the 69th member of the media killed in the Igor Padilla, a reporter for the Canal Hable Como Habla (HCH) network, arrived at the hospital "already dead " with "several bullet wounds" according to doctor

Two international press groups are calling for a full investigation into the death of Honduran journalist Juan Carlos Argenal Medina, who was found shot to death at his home in the south-eastern city of Danli. The Committee to Protect Journalists and Journalists Without Borders said Argenal was a

The journalist was going shopping on Sunday in Comayagua, 60 km north of Tegucigalpa, "when he was intercepted by two individuals on a motorcycle, who shot him several times," police said in a statement. Hit by three bullets, Luis Almendares was hospitalized in serious condition and died Monday morning, Amada Ponce, director of the NGO Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), told AFP.

A total of 85 journalists, media employees or owners, have been murdered since 2001 in Honduras, and 90% of these crimes have gone unpunished, Amada Ponce denounced.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Honduras “urged the Honduran state to conduct an independent, prompt, effective and impartial investigation” into this assassination. The chairmen of the Inter-American Press Society (SIP), Christopher Barnes, and of the Press and Information Freedom Commission, Roberto Rock, expressed their outrage, recalling that 15 other journalists were murdered on the American continent since the beginning of the year.

The President of the Honduran Journalists Order Dagoberto Rodriguez, in reaction to the assassination, announced the withdrawal of the official institution created by the government to protect journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers . “The government has practically allowed this mechanism to go adrift by giving it neither logistical nor financial means,” he denounced. He criticized the impunity of the perpetrators of the murders of journalists and media workers: "The government shows that it does not interest it," he asserted.

(With AFP)

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