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Previously targeted reporter comes under attack

UPDATE: Journalist still fears for safety although suspect held for his attempted murder (RSF, 20 July 2012)

(C-Libre/IFEX) - 11 July 2012, Tegucigalpa - Selvin Martínez, of the national JBN TV channel, was the target of a second attack recently.

Martínez told C-Libre that a man opened fire on him, at 11:10 a.m. on 11 July 2012 while he was driving his motorcycle, taking his wife and daughter to a school in Presa Vieja, Puerto Cortés.

According to Martínez, 12 shots were fired against him, "One of the tire rims had three bullet holes. I thought I had been injured, but thank God I was not."

The journalist reported the attack to the National Preventative police force and the Criminal Investigations Unit and said he thinks he can identify his attacker. "It was a gang leader who recently came from the city of Tela and who I'm told has on various occasions threatened me and my wife."

In the afternoon the authorities were looking for the suspect, based on a sketch drawn from Martínez's description.

On 26 April, C-Libre issued an alert about a shooting that targeted Martínez and later on 18 May there was an alert about an attempt to kidnap his wife, Dilcia Moreno.

The journalist called on the authorities to provide him with security measures, "I am worried about what my family is exposed to. I need support from the authorities to protect them."

(Please note this is an abridged translation.)

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