Alemán, a correspondent for the daily Tiempo and the national broadcaster Radio América in San Marcos de Ocotepeque, received an anonymous phone call Sunday around 8 a.m., insulting him and warning him to stop reporting the news, according to local media reports. The call came about 20 seconds after Radio América broadcast his report on a shooting on Sunday between Honduran police and alleged criminals in San Marcos de Ocotepeque, the local press said.
Later that day, two unidentified armed men broke into Alemán’s home and fired their guns in the journalist’s bedroom, witnesses told the Honduran media. The journalist was not home. He learned about the attack at the local police station, where he had gone after a car tried to cut him off as he was riding a bicycle early in the day, the press reported. He fled into a narrow street and went to the local police station, a Tiempo manager who asked to remain anonymous out of fear for his safety told CPJ.
Alemán stayed at the police station until he decided to leave
the country late in the evening, the manager said. A journalist for Tiempo based in
Five journalists were targeted and killed in
“The intimidation of José Alemán is particularly alarming
given the unprecedented wave of journalists’ murders that has swept
Unidentified attackers gunned down Honduran journalists José
Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez in the department of Olancho on March 27.
On March 14, journalist Nahúm
Palacios Arteaga was killed in the city of