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Five journalists killed in one month

March has been a deadly month for Honduran journalists, with five killed.
March has been a deadly month for Honduran journalists, with five killed.

via IPI

In a highway ambush, two journalists were shot to death in eastern Honduras on 26 March, report the Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), ARTICLE 19 and other IFEX members. This brings the number of journalists murdered in Honduras this year to five; all killed this past month.

Radio journalists José Bayardo Mairena Ramírez, 52, and Manuel Juárez, 55, had just finished hosting a radio programme and were driving from the city of Catacamas to Juticalpa. Gunmen shot at them from another car, riddling their car with bullets.

Both journalists worked on the program "Así es Olancho" for R.Z. Television's Channel 4, and Radio Excélsior, where Bayardo Mairena was the manager. Bayardo Mairena opposed the 2009 coup d'état and was known for his sympathy to the "resistance" movement, reports ARTICLE 19.

The head of the Honduran Press Association urged President Porfirio Lobo Sosa to "rein in" these killings of journalists, says RSF.

Journalists, human rights defenders and opposition activists have been regularly targeted in the last eight months, says ARTICLE 19, but the situation has especially deteriorated since the swearing-in of President Lobo early this year. Effective legal remedies and protection policies at the national level are lacking.

There have also been threats against the staff of Radio Uno, a privately owned opposition station in San Pedro Sula, reports RSF. Despite being monitored by the army since last June's coup, the station continues to take risks by covering human rights violations.

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