"Violence against the press in Honduras has claimed the life of journalist Ricardo Alcides Ávila, reported the Committee for Freedom of Expression (C-Libre). According to the organization, the journalist died on Sunday in Honduras a few days after being shot, making him the fourth journalist to be killed this year and the 97th since 2001.
Amada Ponce, spokeswoman for C-Libre, told AFP news agency that Ávila "died in a Tegucigalpa hospital after being shot in the head on Wednesday. He had been attacked by unknown assailants in the south of the country."
The 25-year-old journalist and cameraman worked for the Metro radio and television station in the town of Choluteca, some 85 km south of the capital.
Ponce assured the murder "is linked to the work that Ricardo was doing (...) on social movements" in the south of the country, because he was also carrying a considerable sum of money, as well as other valuables, which were not stolen."