Honduras asks U.S., Colombia, and Spain for help in solving journalist killings

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  • January 5, 2011

By Ingrid Bachmann

President Porfirio Lobo’s government has asked for the help of the United States, Colombia, and Spain to help investigate the killings of ten Honduran journalists who died in 2010, El Heraldo reports.

According to EFE, Lobo asked the Security Ministry to “coordinate actions with international investigation agencies in friendly countries.” Last week, the Journalists’ Guild said that FBI agents were helping to investigate recent crimes against media workers.

Earlier this week, the vice-minister of security, Armando Calidonio, told Proceso Digital that none of the killings were related to the journalists’ work. However, the Committee to Protect Journalists says that three of these attacks were in “direct reprisal for their work.”

In 2010, Honduras became one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism, and international organizations have urged the government to do more to find and charge the perpetrators.

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.