One year after the overthrow of the government, the situation of the media has deteriorated sharply
One year after the coup d’état in Honduras there is an alarming situation of media freedom to the Central American country. In a joint declaration with the World Organization for Community Radio “Association mondiale des radiodiffuseurs communautaires” (AMARC) and the Honduran organization “Comité por la Libre Expresión” (C-Libre) condemns numerous fundamental violations of freedom of the press and freedom of information in the last 12 months.
The three organisations also draw up a list of concrete demands the Honduran government to improve the situation of media. “The country has become one of the most dangerous countries for journalists developed. The past year was marked by violence and homicide attacks against Journalists, attacks on critical media and censorship measures”.
After the fall of President Manuel Zelaya by the army on 28 June 2009 the new rulers went against the media with numerous censorship measures. who were critical of the coup. The measures culminated in the Closure of media, violent attacks and the military Occupation of editorial offices. Among other things, the censorship measures were aimed at against the television station “Canal 36 Cholusat” and the radio stations “Radio Globo”, “Radio Progreso” and “Radio Uno”.
The target of attacks were also local radio stations such as “Faluma Bimetu”, whose rooms were severely damaged by an arson attack on 6 January 2010. On 3 June 2010, soldiers and policemen raided the La Voz de Zacate Grande”. The radio is regarded as a mouthpiece a rural community that has been involved in a confrontation with the Miguel Facussé is involved.
Foreign media were also affected by the censorship. Ten correspondents including an employee of “CNN Español” and “Telesur” were expelled from the country at the end of June 2009.
Since the inauguration of President Porfirio Lobo Sosa on January 27, 2010 eight journalists (six TV reporters and two radio journalists) murdered. The perpetrators have not yet been identified. They criticizes the attitude of the authorities to any possible connection of the crimes to political violence from the outset. Motifs must not be disregarded during the investigations.
The television journalist Nahúm Palacios, who was murdered on 14 March 2010, is about reported before his death that he was repeatedly harassed by the army and the first thing that’s happened to me is that I’ve been The TV reporter Georgino Orellana, who was killed on 20 April, submitted his assassination deliberately his work at the newspaper “La Prensa” and at the Televicentro, who both supported the coup.
- AMARC and C-Libre call on the Honduran government, which has been the main force behind the coup since state coup to end ongoing repression against the media and to solve crimes against journalists in an impartial manner.
- The Resumption of Honduras in the Organization of American States (OAS), from which it was excluded one year ago, also depends on the Honduran government’s willingness to respond to the critical situation of the media,” warn the three organizations and appeal to the Government to implement the following demands:
- Crimes against media and journalists must no longer go unpunished. stay. With the support of the OAS, an independent civilian Commission of Inquiry, which will carry out investigations into the murders of journalists and attacks on media personnel. The Commission must also ensure that safeguards are in place for Journalists and news organizations who, for example, have made death threats can be implemented.
- Media whose rooms have been occupied by the military must be the media Army and security forces recover confiscated equipment.
- An inventory must be made of all frequencies used. The system for the allocation of broadcasting licences must be democratic and be reorganized so that plurality and diversity for commercial, public and local media can be guaranteed.
- The Honduran Constitution must be respected with regard to opinions and Freedom of information and media diversity in line with international legal standards and the American Convention on Human Rights.
Honduras is in Central America. After Haiti, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Central America. Every year many Hondurans emigrate abroad, mainly to the USA. Due to the lack of domestic economic impulses, there is no improvement in the economy or a reduction in poverty in sight.
Under the influence of the north-east trade winds, the country has a tropical climate. The south of the country and the mountain slopes are very precipitous (2,500mm). Rainfall in the south decreases to 1,000mm per year. The north of the country is often hit by hurricanes. Temperatures in the capital range between 19°C and 23°C.
The country received its name because of the deep waters off its coast. The Spanish word hondura means depth.