While not all that is said is true, not all that is truth is told.
Ciap-Felap has recorded 55 murders since 2009, when constitutional President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup supported by Nobel Peace Prize awardee Barack Obama, and his then secretary of state Hillary Clinton. By Ernesto Carmona, Ciap-Felap* / Jan. 20, 2017
Igor Padilla; the first journalist killed in 2017
37 y/o Honduran TV journalist Igor Padilla was shot dead January 17, 2017, in a street in San Pedro de Sula, northern Honduras. The director general of UNESCO, (United Nations’ Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Irina Bokova, demanded an investigation while denouncing that “these crimes seek to tear the social fabric … Without journalists there is no communication or dialogue and freedom of expression is subverted. I urge the authorities to bring to justice those responsible for this murder,” Bokova said, according to Unesco.
At his dead, Padilla was working on the feature film El Reportero / The Reporter, about the murders of journalists in Honduras. He was a reporter, film and television producer and a correspondent for the Tegucigalpa’s Hable Como Habla / Speak as you Talk, HCH TV channel.
According to press reports, Police announced the captured of 18 hit men that had confessed to the murder. But commonly, investigators are unable to discover and apprehend the intellectual authors, that is, neck and tie criminals who hire gang members to commit crimes.
Since 2001, 69 journalists, social communicators, media owners and others linked to the media outlets have been killed in Honduras, said Honduras’ Human Rights Commissioner Roberto Herrera.
The C-Libre; the Honduras Committee for Free Expression, recalled that the paragraph 9 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression “stipulates that murder, abduction, intimidation, and threats to media workers, as well as the material destruction of the media, violates the fundamental rights of individuals and severely restricts freedom of expression. It is the duty of the States to prevent and investigate these acts, punish their perpetrators and ensure victims adequate reparation.”
C-Libre warned on January 4 that two journalists from HCH TV were threatened through a Facebook page by someone called “Jowe Agular”. The threats were directed to Padilla’s colleague Ernesto Alonso Rojas and Suly Cálix, and demanded that the owner of HCH TV channel Eduardo Maldonado, fire journalist Elsa Oseguera. Full of spelling errors the message send on January 4 reads: “I give you a month to fire Elsa Oseguera … otherwise I will kill Suliz or Ernesto.”
According to HCH TV, “journalist Elsa Osegurea denied being linked to any criminal group and said she does not fear the threats, because a thorough investigation could lead to (the author of the threat).”
In 2016, four journalists were killed in Honduras. Ciap-Felap has recorded 55 murders since 2009, when constitutional President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup supported by Nobel Peace Prize awardee Barack Obama, and his then secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
* CIAP, Spanish acronym for Comisión de Investigación de Atentados a Periodistas / Commission to Investigate Attacks on Journalists, a branch of the FELAP; Federación Latinoamericana de Periodistas / Latin American Federation of Journalists.