Honduran journalists who alleged church corruption receive death threats

Two journalists from Canal 36, an affiliate of Cholusat Sur, received text message death threats after reporting on evidence of alleged misconduct by the Catholic Church in Honduras, El Libertador reports.

Esdras Amado López, the stations director, and journalist Mario Rolando Suazo received text messages that said “stop talking about…Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríquez and this city’s secondary bishop, Juan José Pineda,” or “soon they will be closing your eyes,” Tercera Información explains.

According to El Libertador, the pair have received constant threats since publishing information given to them by a resigning priest who alleged misconduct by Pineda.

As more than a dozen journalists have been killed in Honduras since the June 2009 coup, Suazo said he and López fear for their lives and they plan to present a formal complaint to local and international human rights organizations, C-Libre reports via IFEX.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.