Honduras joins Cuba in denying journalists permission to travel to Brazil

Honduran journalist was kept from traveling to Brazil on Feb. 3, when he was ordered to appear in court, reported the Committee for Freedom of Expression in Honduras.

Esdras Amado López, director of the news program Así se informa for Canal 36, had been invited by the Brazilian government to participate in a Feb. 10 presentation of the documentary Conexión Cuba Honduras by filmmaker Dado Galvao, who reported about censorship and attacks on freedom of expression in both countries, according to the newspaper La Tribuna.

The journalist was subpoenaed after his participation in the event was advertised on the Canal 36 affiliate Cholusat Sur.

Amado is under investigation for his reports on misuse of funds by the ELGA Savings and Loan Cooperative, according to the website Conexihon.info. In the past, Amado received death threats and the offices of Canal 36 and Radio Globo were occupied by the military during the 2009 coup d'état in the Central American country.

Earlier this week, Cuban authorities also denied blogger Yoani Sánchez permission to travel to the same event in Brazil.

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