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Pro-Zelaya journalist killed in Bijao

(C-Libre/IFEX) - Journalist Medardo Flores, 62, was killed on 8 September 2011, by a group of assassins who shot him nine times, said Radio UNO director Arnulfo Aguilar.

Flores was ambushed by his attackers in Río Blanquito in the community of Bijao, Puerto Cortés department, northern Honduras, while returning to his home in his car, said Aguilar.

Aguilar also told C-Libre that Flores was part of a Radio UNO collective, which analysed current sociopolitical and cultural issues in Honduras. He was also a volunteer reporter for the station and the president of the Asociación de Padres de Familia del Instituto de Locución Primero de Diciembre, a quasi-official educational institution operating in San Pedro Sula for the last 10 years.

Flores was killed a year after receiving the Comunicador Popular (community-based journalist) title at the end of a diploma course organised by Radio UNO and awarded by well-known communications professionals in the northern part of the country, among them Patricia Murillo, the former director of the school of journalism at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma del Valle de Sula.

Flores was also in charge of the finances of the Front for Popular Resistance (Frente Amplio de Resistencia Popular, FARP) in northern Honduras. The FARP is a political and social movement funded by former president Manuel Zelaya Rosales. The murder of Flores took place a day after another FARP member was killed on the premises of his business in Tegucigalpa.
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