Televisión de Honduras
April 20, 2010, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Orellana, 50, also known as "Georgino," was shot by an unidentified gunman as he was leaving Televisión de Honduras studios around 9 p.m., according to local news accounts. The assailant fled on foot, the local newspaper Tiempo reported. The journalist was taken to Hospital Mario Rivas, where he was pronounced dead.
Orellana hosted the program "En Vivo con Georgino" (Georgino
Live), which focused on local news, mostly related to cultural events, José
Peraza, a reporter with Radio Progreso in
Before joining Televisión de Honduras, Orellana had worked
for the newspaper La Prensa and the
country's leading network Televicentro, Honduran media reports said. After the
coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, Orellana left
Televicentro because of discomfort with the station's editorial position in
support of the interim government, local reporters said. Orellana was also a
journalism professor at the National University of Honduras in
On April 30, Honduran police arrested Jonathan Joseph Cockborn Delgado and accused him of killing Orellana. Police alleged that Cockborn, who was also wanted on unrelated weapons and theft charges, had committed the killing in the course of a robbery.
The next month, prosecutors announced that there was insufficient evidence to file charges against Cockborn in the murder. Cockborn remained in detention in connection with other alleged offenses.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.
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