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Journalists injured while covering protest

(C-Libre/IFEX) - On 25 March 2011, journalists Richard Cásula and Salvador Sandoval, of the Canal 36-Cholusat Sur television station, were injured while they were covering a story at the Honduras Media Education College (Colegio de Profesionales de Educación Media de Honduras, COPEMH).

The police were attempting to evict teachers who were staging a protest at the COPEMH premises. Sandoval, a photojournalist, received injuries to his face when he struck by a teargas canister, while Cásula inhaled the teargas, according to Canal 36 director Esdras Amado López.

Both journalists were admitted to the Tegucigalpa Teaching Hospital for treatment.

To date, four Canal 36-Cholusat Sur journalists - Lidith Díaz, Adolfo Sierra, Cásula and Sandoval - have been targeted or caught up in the melee while reporting on the National Police's attempts to suppress the teachers' protest.

(Please note this is an abridged translation.)

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