Israel Zelaya Díaz

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Zelaya, 56, a reporter for Radio Internacional, was found
shot to death along a rural road near the northern city of San Pedro Sula, according to press reports.
He had been shot twice in the head and once in the chest.

Zelaya was last seen earlier that day at a local gas
station, where he was talking with a man in a taxi, the daily Tiempo reported. He had not
mentioned receiving recent threats, but his home had been damaged in a fire of
undetermined origin three months earlier, according to Radio Internacional
colleagues. Zelaya reported on a range of local topics, including politics and
crime, his colleagues told CPJ.

Honduran authorities did not immediately disclose possible
motives or suspects. Zelaya’s murder was part of a rash of journalist killings
in Honduras.
In July 2010, CPJ published a special
that found a pattern of botched and negligent investigative
work in the killings.