Video: Who is killing Honduran journalists?

By Lauren Wolfe/CPJ Senior Editor on August 26, 2010 11:50 AM ET

With another journalist murdered in Honduras on Tuesday, bringing the total killed since March to eight, the country's press is understandably jittery. In a new documentary jointly produced by the Inter-American Press Association and the Video Journalism Movement, Carlos Mauricio Flores, the executive director of Tegucigalpa-based El Heraldo newspaper says, "We journalists are living in uncertainty and fear."

The video explores a frightening possibility. Since the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009, a breakdown in society has led to ongoing violent attacks. And no one can agree on who is targeting journalists. The government, for the most part, attributes the deaths to generalized crime. Many human rights activists and journalists, however, are asking an extraordinarily pointed question: Is the state actually targeting journalists in order to silence its critics? Watch below.


I would not be surprised if the Honduran Government were behind the killings. It takes me back to the 70s and 80s when it was common to silence journalists in Central America.

Two Radio Globo journalists Carlos Paz and Waldo Estrada were tear gassed, beaten and arrested as they covered the protest at the Pedagogical University in Honduras. As they exited the University they were beaten by the Cobras (federal police) the afternoon of 27 Aug. 2010.

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