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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:07 PM
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Honduras: UNESCO chief deplores slaying of another journalist
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Honduras: UNESCO chief deplores slaying of another journalist

9 December 2011 The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today voiced outrage at the murder of a radio journalist in Honduras, where at least 17 reporters have been slain since the start of last year.
Luz Marina Paz Villalobos, who worked with Cadena Hondurea de Noticias, and a man travelling with her in a car in the capital, Tegucigalpa, were shot dead on Tuesday by two men on a motorcycle.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters without Borders said that of the 17 journalists killed since the beginning of 2010, Ms. Paz Villalobos is the first woman.

In a statement, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), condemned the killing the latest in the all-too-long list of Honduran journalists murdered and urged authorities in the Central American country to protect freedom of expression.

Read more: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=40674&Cr=p...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:10 PM
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1. Journalist killed, paper attacked as violence against media grows
Journalist killed, paper attacked as violence against media grows
Published on Thursday 8 December 2011

The murder yesterday of Luz Marina Paz Villalobos, a journalist with the radio station Cadena Hondurea de Noticias (CHN), in Comayagela on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, brings to 17 the number of journalists killed in Honduras since 2010.

Paz was test-driving a car when two men on a motorcycle opened fire, instantly killing her and a mechanic who was accompanying her.

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What is the future of journalists who show courage and concern for the right of citizens to be informed? Judicial indifference, a product of the highly polarised media climate since the coup, gives the military and police a free hand to take it out on news organizations that dare to draw attention to the abuses and misdemeanours of public authorities, Reporters Without Borders concluded.

More:
http://en.rsf.org/honduras-journalist-killed-paper-atta...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:25 PM
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2. Honduras approves wiretaps, motorcycle passenger ban in effort to crack down on crime
Honduras approves wiretaps, motorcycle passenger ban in effort to crack down on crime
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, December 9, 12:56 PM

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras The Honduran Congress has passed bills allowing authorities to wiretap the telephone conversations, emails and bank accounts of suspected criminals and temporarily banning motorcycles from carrying passengers.

The two initiatives are aimed at stemming a wave of drug violence and organized crime that has plagued the Central American nation.

The lawmakers passed the measures Thursday, just days after a radio news host and a former adviser to the government were fatally shot by gunmen on motorcycles, presumably by shooters who were riding as passengers. The passenger ban is for six months.

President Porfirio Lobo is expected to sign both bills into law.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/honduras-a...
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