Three days after the Honduran interim government led by Roberto Micheletti lifted a September 27 decree that allowed them to shut down Radio Globo and Canal 36, broadcasters loyal to ousted President Manuel Zelaya, the two stations were still prevented from resuming normal transmissions, according to local and international news reports.
Radio Globo resumed
broadcasting online a day after the government shuttered the station by
force, but Canal 36 remains off the air. The government has not yet returned
equipment seized from either outlet. Micheletti said on Monday that in order to
resume broadcasting the stations “will have to come to the courts to recover
their right to be on the air,” The Associated Press reported.
Local journalists and press freedom activists said they thought the outlets would reestablish operations after the decree was lifted, but now nobody knows when will that happen. Esdras Amado López, owner of Canal 36, described the decree’s repeal as a “lie aimed at deceiving the international community,” AP reported.
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