Journalist killed in Morazán, Yoro

Posted on May 11, 2011

Hector Medina

Hector Medina

In Morazan, Yoro, Héctor Francisco Medina Polanco, 35 years old, was shot dead as he was leaving Channel 9 news, Omega Vision, where he was General Coordinator.

At the end of the news broadcast at 7:00 pm, Tuesday, Medina Polanco was followed by two men on a motorcycle and was shot three times in the back in front of his house, a fourth shot hit his arm. He was aided by relatives and neighbors, taken by ambulance to the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, where he died at approximately 11:00 pm.

Before the attack, the journalist confided to relatives and acquaintances that he had received death threats. He was a constant critic of the actions and omissions of the National Police, private security groups who guard property of wealthy ranchers in areas where drug gangs also operate.

Carlos Polanco, one of the brothers of Hector Medina and also a journalist, reported that the Morazán National Police refused to safeguard the ambulance to San Pedro Sula.

The body of the journalist will be given to his mother this afternoon at the morgue of the Public Ministry and immediately transferred to Morazán, where he will be veiled and buried.

This is the 11th murder committed between 2010 and 2011 against journalists in Honduras, considered along with Mexico to be one the most dangerous countries to practice this profession. The other murders occurred in similar circumstances but have not yet been investigated by the military dictatorship that controls the state after the coup of June 2009, and remain unpunished.

Ignoring these facts, Mr. Porfirio Lobo Sosa and his allies are trying to reinstate Honduras as a OAS member during the General Assembly next June; shading human rights violations that he frequently calls “export political actions by groups that live off that. ”

SOURCE: Defensores en línea

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