Editorial forces Honduran president to address impunity, attacks on reporters

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo met with media leaders Friday, Nov. 25, to address journalist protection and threats against the press, reported the newspaper La Tribuna.

The meeting took place following a Nov. 23 editorial from La Tribuna blasting the police and military for threats and attacks reporters suffered while investigating police participation in the killing of two university students.

The Honduran president acknowledged that no one has been tried for the killings of 16 journalists since the 2009 coup d'état. "We're at zero with this investigation, we don't have the capacity to investigate," Lobo told the press, according to El Heraldo.

The president also mentioned a written request to the United Nations to create an organization similar to the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, which would include other Central American countries, according to El Heraldo.

Honduran journalists are the most threatened in the region and the Central American country is second only to Mexico in journalists killed. President Lobo also promised to establish a Technical Police Investigation unit to address killings and threats against journalists, reported Proceso.