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Unidentified individuals shot and killed Honduran radio journalist Carlos Salgado on 17 October as he was leaving the offices of Radio Cadena Voces (RCV) in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is investigating whether the murder is linked to Salgado's work.

Salgado left the studio after recording his popular show "Frijol el Terrible," which combined news and humour about everyday problems like food and transportation prices. Two people shot Salgado at close range and fled by van, according to witnesses cited in press reports.

Salgado, also known for his political satire, was on the air more than 20 years and moved to RCV in 2006, reported C-Libre, the Honduran partner of Probidad. Radio Cadena Voces director Dagoberto Rodríguez believes the attack was in retaliation against the station's reporting on official corruption. According to the freedom of expression rapporteur of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), RCV reporters were recently intimidated and threatened because of their journalistic work.

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) notes a worsening climate between the government of Manuel Zelaya and the media, which has criticised the president's frequent trips abroad and his attempts to control the press, and has also exposed official corruption.

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(23 Oct. 2007)

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