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CPJ alarmed by wave of anti-press attacks in Honduras
CPJ alarmed by wave of anti-press attacks in Honduras
April 6, 2011 5:11 PM ET

New York, April 6, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on law enforcement in Honduras to stop attacking or prohibiting journalists from covering social unrest in the country. The attacks have come amid a national teachers' strike that has turned violent.

Teachers, farmers, and anti-government activists demanding education reforms, and an increase in wages in the capital, Tegucigalpa, have clashed with police, The Associated Press said. The confrontations, which left at least one teacher dead and dozens of protesters injured, have spread to other parts of the country, local press reports said. Members of the anti-government group known as the National Front of Popular Resistance, formed after the coup that ousted former President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, demanded the return of the exiled leader.

"We are alarmed by the attacks on Honduran journalists and the number of injuries," said Carlos Laura, CPJ's senior program coordinator for the Americas. "The authorities must ensure that journalists can cover these protests and they should conduct a thorough investigation into abuses by local law enforcement and bring those responsible to justice."

At least seven journalists have faced harassment, detention, and violent attacks in the past two weeks while reporting unrest throughout Honduras, CPJ research found.

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