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Volume 17, Number 8
July 18, 2011
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Editorials: Paramilitary thugs; Should Martinelli's alliance be saved, and Hugo's illness
Harrington-Shelton, Is our lack of security due to police corruption?
International Freedom of Expression Exchange, Murdoch's phone hacking scandal
Edmonston, The Bible: mysterious truth or dangerous myth?
Sirias, Standing tall at the tee
Human Rights Watch, Venezuelan opposition leader convicted for criticizing the government
CPJ condemns criminal defamation conviction in Peru
Reporters Without Borders, Honduran radio station manager gunned down
Bernal, The parties in their labyrinth
M10, Fake leaders to "negotiate" a project that displaces indigenous communities
Mohabir, Uncharted territory in Guyana's legislative elections
Rust, Brazil's deforestation quagmire
Loyka & Zuniga Guzman, Humala meets Obama
Mackenzie, IWC too busy arguing about not disagreeing to save any whales
Boff, The loss of trust in the present order
COSATU, Happy Birthday Madiba
Jackson, State-funded xenophobia and free trade agreements
Kildee, Include worker protections in free trade agreements
Collins, Enough free trade nonsense
Ross, FTA hat trick
Mack, Quit stalling the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama
Carlsen, The audacity of free trade agreements
Fletcher, We don't need free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea
Letters to the editor

Honduran radio station manager gunned down
by Reporters Without Borders

Nery Jeremías Orellana, 26, the manager of Radio Joconguera in the town of Candelaria, in the western department of Lempira, was gunned down yesterday morning, bringing the number of Honduran journalists killed since the start of the year to three. A total of 12 journalists have been killed in the past 18 months in Honduras without any of their murders being solved.

"Orellana headed a commercial radio station that works with civil society organizations and belongs to an alternative network of community radio stations," Reporters Without Borders said. "He was also a member of the Broad Front of Popular Resistance (FARP), an opposition movement. All this means that he was kind of journalist who was liable to be a target for violence."

The press freedom organization added: "The motive for his murder has yet to be determined, but the possibility that it was linked to his journalistic or political activities should be prioritized in an investigation that needs to be carried out quickly. When will there be justice in Honduras? When will the impunity end?

"Honduras's recent readmission to the Organization of American States, has not in any way addressed the problems created by the June 2009 coup d'état or the resulting challenges that the country still faces – the need to restore the rule of law and establish real pluralism. The international community must not forget these demands."

According to the Honduran Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), Orellana was shot several times in the head on his motorcyle by gunmen just minutes after he phoned Radio Progreso, a station for which he was also a correspondent, to confirm that he was going to participate in a regional meeting of community radio stations today.

He was rushed to a hospital in Sensutepeque, a town on the Salvadoran side of the nearby border, where he died of his injuries a few hours later.

Radio Joconguera often covered human rights violations in the surrounding communities. The persecution of other stations such as Radio Faluma Bimetu and La Voz de Zacate Grande has shown how dangerous it can be for certain local media to cover social issues and land conflicts.








Also in this section:

Editorials: Paramilitary thugs; Should Martinelli's alliance be saved, and Hugo's illness
Harrington-Shelton, Is our lack of security due to police corruption?
International Freedom of Expression Exchange, Murdoch's phone hacking scandal
Edmonston, The Bible: mysterious truth or dangerous myth?
Sirias, Standing tall at the tee
Human Rights Watch, Venezuelan opposition leader convicted for criticizing the government
CPJ condemns criminal defamation conviction in Peru
Reporters Without Borders, Honduran radio station manager gunned down
Bernal, The parties in their labyrinth
M10, Fake leaders to "negotiate" a project that displaces indigenous communities
Mohabir, Uncharted territory in Guyana's legislative elections
Rust, Brazil's deforestation quagmire
Loyka & Zuniga Guzman, Humala meets Obama
Mackenzie, IWC too busy arguing about not disagreeing to save any whales
Boff, The loss of trust in the present order
COSATU, Happy Birthday Madiba
Jackson, State-funded xenophobia and free trade agreements
Kildee, Include worker protections in free trade agreements
Collins, Enough free trade nonsense
Ross, FTA hat trick
Mack, Quit stalling the free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama
Carlsen, The audacity of free trade agreements
Fletcher, We don't need free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia, and Korea
Letters to the editor


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