CPJ alarmed by supression of media in Honduras

June 30, 2009 12:18 PM ET

We issued the following statement today in response to international press reports that military personnel briefly detained seven journalists on Monday, closed down at least one television station and one radio station in Tegucigalpa, and is interfering with international broadcast of protests in support of ousted President Manuel Zelaya...

"We are alarmed by reports that Honduran soldiers detained seven journalists reporting for The Associated Press and the regional television network Telesur in their Tegucigalpa hotel on Monday," said CPJ deputy director Robert Mahoney. "Although the journalists were released a short time later, we are concerned by further reports that local and international broadcasters have been taken off the air in Honduras, and urge those in power to allow all journalists and media outlets to report freely and without fear of reprisal on the current political situation."

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