Nahúm Palacios, journalist, assassinated

Posted on March 15, 2010


Nahúm Palacios

Nahúm Palacios

On Sunday, at around 10:30 pm, gunmen shot dead journalist Nahúm Palacios and seriously wounded a companion on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, officials said Monday.

Palacios, 36, was returning home on Sunday night in the Tocoa Los Pinos neighborhood, about 400 kilometers north of Tegucigalpa, when assailants attacked him, shot him with AK-47 automatic rifles and killed him, police said in a statement released to AP.

The body of the journalist, who was news director of a television channel in Tocoa, was lying in the street, and two murderers fled the scene. The man that was with him was hospitalized.

According to Vos el Soberano, Palacios had denounced death threats against him during his radio show last Friday and made Miguel Facusse responsible for anything that happened to him, since he had been covering human rights abuses against MUCA campesinos in Aguán. “The people here do not look like terrorists, they are humble, poor people,” he said alluding to an article on La Prensa that linked campesinos to guerrilla and drug trafficking groups.

He is the second journalist killed in recent days in Honduras. On Thursday, two gunmen killed David Meza in similar circumstances in La Ceiba, a town near Tocoa.

Meza, 51, was attacked from a vehicle when he reached his house in his car. He was a reporter for more than 30 years with Radio El Patio de La Ceiba and correspondent in his hometown of Radio America and Channels 7 and 10 television Tegucigalpa.

Police are still unclear about both crimes.

SOURCE: El Universal and Vos el Soberano, and Alainet

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