Channel 24 owner, Luis Mendoza, assassinated

Posted on May 20, 2011

Journalists for Life, Truth and Justice

Journalists for Life, Truth and Justice

Luis Mendoza, who owned the Macrosistema cable company and Channel 24 in the Danlí municipality, department of El Paraíso, was killed by heavily armed men, about 10 minutes past seven on May 19, Thursday morning. The unknown men were driving a green truck half a block from Channel 24, in the vicinity of Manuel Gamero Adalid School in Danlí.

Mendoza left the town of Paradise, where he lived with his family, to oversee the daily work on the channel when he was intercepted by four heavily armed strangers who shot him with heavy weapons.

The vehicle they were driving in was found burnt down by the National Police, on the outskirts of the municipality of San Matías, two miles from Danlí.

Three people were injured as a result of the event, including a child.

Since the arrival to power of the Lobo Sosa regime, 12 journalists have been killed and this bloody event leaves once again their families in mourning, while sending a message of death to freedom of expression in Honduras.

The State of Honduras has been brought before the Inter-American Human Rights Commission to answer for crimes committed against journalists, including threats and harassment; but in a hearing last year government officials evaded responsibility before the Commission with regard to this serious problem.

Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to work in.

SOURCE: Defensores en Línea

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