Radio and TV reporters critical of the Honduran coup continue to receive death threats

Honduran journalists Arnulfo Aguilar and Luis Gadalmez continue to receive death threats despite precautionary measures provided by the Inter American Commission for Human Rights, reported the news agency EFE.

The Committee for the Arrested and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH in Spanish) denounced the threats on Nov. 13, saying that the reporter Arnulfo Aguilar, director of Radio Uno in San Pedro Sula in the northern part of the country, continues to be accosted by unknown assailants that follow him and threaten his life over the cellphone, according to the news agency Notimex.

In the past, soldiers and police have raided the station's offices and beaten employees, reported the same agency.

Luis Gadalmez, a host for Radio Globo in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa, received a threat on the air from a supposed solider that called into his show, saying that they were waiting for him in the Miramontes neighborhood to "see if he was a man." Both Aguilar and Gadalmez have been outspoken critics of the military coup d'état in Honduras and were attacked in 2009, according to a report from the freedom of expression group C-Libre Honduras.

Violence against journalists extended to family members on Nov. 9, when the son of two journalists was attacked outside their home, according to El Tiempo. Gabriel Álvarez Padget, 19 years old, was leaving his home when two men stuck him up with a gun. According to the chancellor of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the attack was motivated by his father, Renato Álvarez, director of Telenotícias, who demanded a purge of the National Police after investigations suggested that some of its members were involved in the killing of two university students, according to La Prensa.