Friday, April 23, 2010


Seven Honduran Broadcasters Slain since March 1
By Anne-Marie O'Connor
The Washington Post, April 24, 2010
"Honduran television reporter Jorge Alberto 'Georgino' Orellana had just left the station where he hosted his own show when a man stepped from the shadows, shot him dead and vanished. On Tuesday, Orellana became the seventh Honduran broadcaster to be gunned down since March 1 in a country where complaints about human rights abuses have increased since a military-led coup in June. Most of the victims had reported on organized crime in the northern coastal region of Honduras, a key transshipment point for U.S.-bound cocaine. Reporters Without Borders recently declared Honduras 'the world's deadliest country for the media.' 'This is unprecedented,' said Carlos Lauria of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. 'Journalists are being targeted, and the state is almost absent. It's a green light for these people.' Lauria said the killings appeared to be 'the work of hit men, very professional.'
Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights Watch said the government of President Porfirio Lobo has shown little willingness to solve a pattern of threats, harassment and attacks on grass-roots leaders, unionists and priests since the coup. 'Lobo just recently woke up and realized this could become a serious obstacle on his agenda to rejoining the international community,' Vivanco said. 'But it's not good enough. It's too little, too late. They need to investigate and prosecute those responsible for threats and abuses. They need to prosecute those who are in bed with organized crime.' [...]"

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