David Romero Ellner

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Honduran journalist David Romero dies after contracting COVID-19 in jail

Managua, Nicaragua, July 19, 2020–Honduran journalist David Romero Ellner died yesterday around 7 a.m. of respiratory failure after contracting COVID-19 while imprisoned at the Támara National Penitentiary, according to newspaper La Prensa. Authorities had transferred Romero to the National Cardiopulmonary Institute on July 5, according to newspaper El Heraldo. “We are shocked and saddened by…

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The Honduran National Congress is seen in Tegucigalpa on January 25, 2018. The congress recently announced that it would remove criminal defamation articles from the country's penal code. (AFP/Orlando Sierra)

Honduras to drop criminal defamation from new penal code

Miami, September 3, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed an announcement by the Honduran National Congress that the country will decriminalize defamation and slander.

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Police arrest journalist David Romero in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 28, 2019. The Supreme Court ruled in January that the Radio Globo and Globo TV director must serve a 10-year sentence for defamation. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)

Radio Globo director Romero in custody as Honduras enforces defamation ruling

Miami, March 29, 2019–Honduran police yesterday raided the Tegucigalpa office of Radio Globo and Globo TV and took the station’s director, David Romero Ellner, into custody to serve a 10-year prison sentence for defamation, according to news reports and local press freedom organization C-Libre. Romero took refuge in the station a few days ago, after…

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A policeman patrols in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. On January 11, 2019, the Honduran supreme court sentenced journalist David Romero Ellner to 10 years in prison on criminal defamation charges. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)

Honduras court upholds journalist’s 10-year prison sentence for defamation

New York, January 15, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the Honduran Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a 2016 ruling sentencing journalist David Romero Ellner to 10 years in prison on criminal defamation charges.

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Honduran journalist sentenced to 10 years in prison for defamation

New York, March 17, 2016 — Honduran authorities should drop all criminal charges against journalist David Romero Ellner, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on Monday sentenced Romero, who is free pending appeal, to 10 years in prison on charges he defamed a former prosecutor. CPJ called…

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