Sunday, August 17, 2014

Honduras: Broadcast Journalist Shot, Killed in Yoro in Front of His Home

According to EFE, a broadcast journalist was murdered in northern Honduras, becoming the seventh journalist to be slain in the Central American country this year, a police source told the news service on Friday (August 15).

The shooting fatality occurred Thursday night (August 14) in Yoro province, where Nery Soto, 31, was gunned down by unknown persons in front of his home.

The journalist directed a television program on Yoro’s Channel 23.

Police rule out robbery as the motive of the crime, since the killers took none of Soto’s belongings, not even the cash the journalist had in his pocket, the police source said, adding that no arrests have been made in the case.

COMMENT: Apart from a wholesale murderous attacks on Honduran journalists, just for a moment, let's acknowledge that I strongly DISCOURAGE all foreigners from traveling to the country unless the following requirements are satisfied:

a. The can pass as a Latin;

b. They speak fluent Spanish; and

c. They know the country, its security risks and tactics intimately.

If you're still not fully convinced, let me share this information with you:

If you have any doubt whatsoever as to the ineffectiveness of police in Honduras and their probable complicity in violence, of the 50 homicides of US citizens that have occurred in Honduras since 2008, only TWO of such a huge number have been SOLVED.

Counting Soto, seven journalists have been killed to date this year [roughly one a month] in Honduras, according to the office of the country’s Human Rights Commissioner, which has recorded a total of 47 journalists and media workers murdered since November 2003.

The last journalist to be killed was Herlyn Espinal, whose body was found on July 21 at a ranch between the town of La Barca and the municipality of Santa Rita in Yoro province:

Honduras remains the most violent country in the world, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a report released in June by the Assessment Capacities Project, an initiative of several international NGOs.