UN human rights monitor criticizes Honduras for crimes against journalists

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  • November 5, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Member countries of the UN Human Rights Council criticized Honduras and sought more information about human right violations since the coup that unseated President Manuel Zelaya, and about the killings of nine journalists in 2010, Inter Press Service reports. (See this earlier story in English).

As part of its Universal Periodic Review, a delegation from Honduras presented a report in Geneva that recognized the country's high crime rate and committed to creating and implementing a National Plan of Action for Human Rights, La Tribuna newspaper reports.

However, several of the 47 members of the council demanded that the government
ensure freedom of expression in a more effective manner and adopt urgent measures to protect journalists and end impunity for those crimes, El Tiempo and AFP add.

The Honduran delegation led by Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn denied that the killings of journalists had any political linkage, Notimex adds.

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.