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).
Honduras has defied the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and decided to uphold an order to ban journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado from work for 16 months.
The decision, which Reporters Without Borders has called a “slap in the face to freedom of information in Honduras,” was announced in the middle of a visit by the Commission and special rapporteur on freedom of expression to Honduras. Read more »
A Honduran appellate court has reinstated a 16-month journalism ban on news anchor Julio Ernesto Alvarado, the latest in a rally of court decisions and appeals since Alvarado was charged with criminal defamation for segments, alleging corrupt behavior of a university dean, aired on his TV program “Mi Nación” (My Nation) in 2006. Read more »
The organization Freedom House released its 2014 report on freedom of the press around the world, noting that in 2013 global press freedom was at its lowest level in more than a decade and the lowest in five years for the Americas. Read more »
Honduran journalist Julio Ernesto Alvarado, from television channel Globo TV, was sentenced to 16 months of prison for defaming Belinda Flores Mendoza, dean of the School of Economic Sciences at the Autonomous University of Honduras. Read more »
A criminal court in Honduras convicted three men accused of killing Honduran journalist Alfredo Villatoro in 2012, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) informed. Read more »