Spokeswoman for peasant group in Honduras receives death threats

The Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras reported that a Honduran journalist and spokeswoman for a peasant organization received death threats, according to the Mexican news agency Notimex.

Karla Zelaya, spokeswoman for the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA in Spanish) received death threats after the killing of MUCA lawyer Antonio Trejo on Sept. 20, according to the Committee for Free Expression in Honduras. The Valley of Aguán is the site of an on-going agrarian conflict between peasants and a group of landowners.

Recently, Amnesty International warned that the journalist's life was in danger. The organization reported that Zelaya had received threatening messages since August but their frequency had increased since Sept. 20.

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.