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Another journalist gunned down, 10th in 2010, motive not yet known

(RSF/IFEX) - Henry Suazo, the Tegucigalpa-based radio station HRN's correspondent in La Ceiba, in the north-coast department of Atlántida, was gunned down as he left his home on the morning of 28 December 2010. His unidentified killers immediately left the scene. The motive is not yet known.

Aged 39, Suazo also worked for Cablevisión del Atlántico, a local TV station. He is the 10th journalist to be murdered in Honduras in 2010. It has been established that three of the victims were killed in connection with their work.

Reporters Without Borders deplores the frequency of violence against journalists in this Central American country and urges the police to lose no time in carrying out an impartial and effective investigation into Suazo's murder. The possibility of a link with his work must not be ruled out. He is the second journalist to be murdered in La Ceiba in 2010.

The repeated killings of journalists reflect the vulnerability of the media in Honduras and the dangerous climate to which they are exposed. President Porfirio Lobo insists that his government has played no role in the attacks on journalists, which he has blamed on "criminal violence" in the country.
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