Seventh media worker killed in Honduras in two months

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  • April 21, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Jorge Orellana, known as Georgino, died Tuesday night, April 21, after being shot by a gunman seconds after he walked outside the offices of Canal de Televisión Honduras, where he produced the TV program "En Vivo con Georgino" (Live with Georgino) in San Pedro SulEl Tiempo reports.

Orellana, 48, also worked as a professor or journalism at the National Autonomous University, and according to his friend, he had received several death threats by telephone, La Prensa adds.

His killing is the seventh media worker killed in Honduras in less than two months, including six newspeople and one broadcaster of programming for young people. The president of the Journalists Guild of Honduras (CPH), Ellán Reyes, called the killing "another criminal act" the profession, EFE adds. “This situation touches us all and [...] we think that in this instant we are totally helpless”, Reyes said, as quoted by La Tribuna.

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.