Honduran radio host appeals jail sentence for slander

A Honduran journalist went into hiding for three days after an arrest warrant was issued against her, reported the Committee for Freedom of Expression (C-Libre).

In Aug. 2012, The Supreme Court of Justice sentenced the host of radio show Hechos y Noticias, Elizabeth Zúñiga, to 16 months in prison. Zúñiga, from the city of Choluteca, was trialed for slander, the website Conexihon reported.

local politician sued Zúñiga after she denounced, in a show broadcasted through Radio Valle, the alleged illegal enrichment of public servants, according to the Center of Informative Reports of Guatemala (Cerigua).

Now, Zúñiga awaits a new hearing to appeal the payment of a fine and avoid being incarcerated, C-Libre reported.

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.

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