Honduran journalists remain targets of intimidation and murder

The latest journalist to die in the Americas was Honduran radio reporter and cable news presenter Henry Suazo.

He was shot to death Dec. 28 as he was leaving his home in La Masica.

The Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders called on Honduran authorities to conduct a serious investigation into the killing to see if it was related to Suazo’s work.

Suazo has been threatened in the past. He has covered a wide variety of topics in the area.

Unfortunately, Suazo’s death is the latest in a growing number of killings of journalists. Journalism groups around the world have called on the law enforcement agencies in Honduras to move quickly to investigate not only who did the crimes but why.

Honduran President Porfirio Lobo blames criminal violence in Honduras for the deaths. And this could very well be true.

The problem is that Transparency International ranks Honduras at 134 (out of 178) on its corruption scale. (The higher the number the more corrupt.) That means the level of corruption in Honduras is greater than more well-known places of corruption such as Mexico, Bangladesh and Nicaragua.

The issue is not government involvement in the actual killings. But rather the lack of follow-up to the killings. Sometimes journalists are killed because they are in the wrong place at the wrong time — just like many other victims. But sometimes they are the targets of “criminal elements” because, as journalists, they put themselves in the line of danger to help tell stories that others do not want told.

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