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Broadcast journalist slain

A Honduran television journalist who covered corruption and environmental issues was gunned down in eastern Honduras on 14 June, report the Comité por la Libre Expresión (C-Libre), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and other IFEX members.

Luis Arturo Mondragón Morazán was the director of Canal 19 station and the news programme "Teleprensa." Two men waited for him outside the TV station in El Paraíso and shot him four times. Local police say the murder was not related to his work.

However, Mondragón Morazán had received death threats after reporting on corruption by local officials and politicians, according to IAPA.

"The absence of any link with the victim's journalistic activity - if confirmed - should not divert attention from the political violence that has been sapping the country since the June 2009 coup d'état and its tragic consequences for press freedom, and the fact that impunity continues to be the rule," said Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Reporters both close to and critical of coup leaders have been threatened and assassinated.

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