Honduran journalist attacked; laptop with coup d'état information stolen

Gunmen attacked journalist Edgardo Antonio Escoto Amador, known as "Washo," and stole his laptop containing valuable information, reported the organization C-Libre Honduras.

The journalist hosts the news programs "Topics and Debates" and "Interview with Washo" on channel 13 in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

"There was confidential information on the laptop regarding the coup d'état that I was given and it irritated retired General Miguel Ángel García Padgett," the journalist told the Press and Society Institute.

"They almost killed me!" Escoto posted on his Facebook profile. He described how on the morning of Sept. 22, at 5:30 a.m., two men on motorcycles held him up with a gun and grabbed a briefcase he was carrying with the laptop.

There have been 23 journalists killed in Honduras since 2007, according to a report from the National Commission on Human Rights.