Journalist Death in Honduras Highlights Continuing Danger
Freedom House mourns the tragic death of journalist Angel Alfredo Villatoro, who was found dead last night in the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, and calls on Honduran authorities to follow through on their stated commitment to bring his killer to justice, and to do more ensure the protection of journalists.
Villatorio was kidnapped on May 9 by unknown individuals. His body was found in police clothing with his face covered with a red bandanna with two shots to the head. He had worked for more than 20 years as news coordinator for the morning show of one of Hondura's most important radio station, HRN. His kidnapping was widely condemned in Honduras and internationally and Honduran officials have stated that they will employ all the state resources to prosecute this case.
“Unfortunately killings of journalists in Honduras are not isolated cases." said Viviana Giacaman, Regional Director for Latin America. “The pervasive violence against the press, along with almost total impunity makes Honduras one of the worst environments for the press in all of Latin America."
Villatoro is the 22nd journalist killed in Honduras in the past two years, and is considered the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists.
Honduras is ranked partly free in the Freedom in the World 2012, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2012.
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