Honduran journalist convicted of defamation faces up to three years in prison and a professional ban
In Honduras, investigative journalist Ariel Armando D’Vicente Jarquín, 48, was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime of defamation for reporting on a former police chief, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Read more »
Honduran journalist Félix Molina who was attacked twice in one day on May 2 has said he is considering leaving the country.
Early in the afternoon on May 2, radio journalist Molina wrote on Facebook about the first assault that happened while he was in a taxi in Tegucigalpa. He said an armed woman pointed a gun at him and a man demanded his phone before telling the woman to shoot. According to his statement, the cab driver pulled away and they escaped. Read more »
Depicting a funeral march, dozens of Honduran journalists marched with at least 60 symbolic coffins to the public prosecutor’s office in Tegucigalpa to demand justice for the deaths of journalists that have occurred in the country in recent years, reported newspaper El Heraldo. Read more »
Journalist David Romero Ellner, director of Honduran media outlets Radio Globo and Globo TV, was sentenced on March 14 to 10 years in prison for having committed six crimes of injuria and defamation against former public prosecutor Sonia Gálvez. Read more »
Honduran newspaper stops print edition after government freezes its finances for money laundering investigation
Honduran newspaper Diario Tiempo announced today the termination of its print edition. The newspaper made the decision three weeks after the Honduran government froze the assets of its parent company, business conglomerate Grupo Continental, following accusations of money laundering by the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Read more »
Fearing for his life, a Honduran journalist who exposed an alleged corruption scandal implicating the country’s president and ruling political party has found safe harbor at the country’s national human rights office.
Impunity in the murders of journalists has always been a problem in most Latin American countries.
The first steps, finding those responsible and determining motives, is especially challenging in Honduras, a country with the highest murder rate in the world where, according to Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF by its initials in French), “impunity is the rule.”
In the past two weeks, several journalists from the Central American country have been killed and there are no clear explanations as to who killed them or why. Read more »
Every 25th of May, Honduras celebrates the Day of the Journalist. For some, however, there is very little to celebrate and journalists prefer to take the time to raise their voices and denounce the constant harassment they claim to suffer in exercising their profession. Read more »
Paraguay, Brazil and Mexico placed in the top 20 deadliest countries for journalists in 2014, according to a special year-end report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).