Memorandum: Honduras’ Murderous Record Continues Apace

The Council on Hemispheric Affairs, a Washington-based organization, whose chairman for many years was the president of the 40,000 member News Paper Guild, described Honduras as, “Latin America’s most perfected killing field for defenseless journalists.” Any attempt by Honduran authorities to dismiss the issue as merely a matter of common street crime is beside the point. The fact is, that all Hondurans, not just journalists, who differ with government policy, live in a condition of fear and threat, and that the country is gravely menaced by an official policy that at best, only tolerates democratic rule rather than celebrates it. Jeremias Orellana is the fourteenth journalist to be violently murdered in Honduras in recent years.

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Memorándum: El Record de Asesinatos en Honduras Incrementa de forma Alarmante

El Consejo de Asuntos Hemisféricos (COHA), una organización basada en Washington D.C., cuyo presidente supervisó al prestigioso News Paper Guild, un organismo de periodistas que consta con más de 40,000 miembros, describió a Honduras como, “El lugar más oportuno para asesinar a periodistas indefensos en América Latina.” Aunque las autoridades Hondureñas se empeñan en describir el problema como simples actos criminales, el asunto va más allá de lo que aparenta a simple vista.  El hecho es que, todos aquellos hondureños, no solamente los periodistas, quienes están en desacuerdo con la política del gobierno, viven atemorizados y amenazados. El pueblo hondureño se siente intimidado por una política oficial, que a lo mucho tolera normas democráticas pero no las celebra. Jeremías Orellana fue acribillado en el departamento de Lempira el 14 de julio del presente año; él es el decimocuarto periodista que fallece de  forma violenta en Honduras en los últimos dos años.

Translated by Gabriela Acosta and Aida Alvarenga

5 thoughts on “Memorandum: Honduras’ Murderous Record Continues Apace

  • July 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm
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    we should provide bullet-proof vests ,but only for journalists…i am sure u.s. already supports,encourages&educates military&security elements in country…Our interests include the pacific coast,apparently we have a rather large naval base on the bay of fonesco,i believe that to be true-location&spelling,but we must trust my memory on this.. .. the novelty never wears-off and i am equal parts impressed and depressed by our international war machine…surely there are productive,sustainable alternative means to ends..?..on 2nd thought it isn't equal parts impressed/depressed…The whole business makes me sick.!.if citizens were honestly informed of 'the goings-on' under the rubric of foreign affairs…it would not continue.

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  • July 19, 2011 at 9:03 am
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    Yes, I agree with "beamr": The whole business is making me sick too, and "if citizens were honestly informed of 'the goings-on' under the rubric of foreign affairs…it would not continue." Additionally, I learned that the German FDP respectively its "Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung" (foundation of the German party of liberty) is involved in those intrigues too, as it was involved in the coup d'etat in Venezuela. As a German, I am ashamed of my country.
    Meanwhile, the manipulators of that foreign policy, as for persons like Otto Reich, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ( she of all people is responsible for foreign policy in the US Congress) and one of the Diaz-Balar brothers (to name only few) are freely dominating US foreign policy, especially in Latin America. Among others they prevented a fair process for the "Cuban Five" already in 1998 until now.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 4:52 am
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    Honduras used to be one of the most peaceful, if impoverished, and colonized countries in CA. Ever since the 1980s, when the US/Reagan/John Negroponte turned a blind eye to death squads and sponsored jt actions with the contras and El Salvador’s murderous army, the violence and social conflict has been escalating. Journalists are tough: they will redouble their efforts. But it is really hard to stand by and watch.

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  • July 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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    As a former Cohista currently living in Honduras, I have to say that the statement "all Hondurans, not just journalists, who differ with government policy, live in a condition of fear and threat" is patently absurd. For example, the Teachers Union, which is one of Honduras' largest organizations active in civil society, is usually accused of bullying the government into making absurd concessions. Just today they siezed a bridge in El Progreso, Yoro in opposition to the government's proposed L$. 1,000 raise in their salary, which they do not consider high enough. That does not sound like a climate of fear to me. Moreover, there were massive protests in Teguz and other large cities in Honduras a few month agos by the pro-Zelaya resistencia that, again, went unapposed.

    Personally speaking, I have many friends and aquaintainces that identify themselves as Resistencia, including many who participate in marches, and none of them fear that the stormtroopers are going to break down their door any day now. El Liberador, Honduras' only leftist newspaper, remains open. Pro-Zelaya radio stations flourish and can be heard anywhere in the city. I really don't see what fear and threat the Director is referring to? I wonder who is sources are on the ground? And, concerning the 14th journalist statement, I would remind the Director that Honduras happens to have the highest per-capita murder rate in the world, and that it is likely that 14 of just about every profession have died in the last few years.

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  • July 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm
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    to Geoff. I personally live in Honduras, and I work in EL LIBERTADOR NEWSPAPER. It's really sad to hear some people talk about something they do not know. The Director of CHA, I'm sure, doesn't wrote this merely "upon assumption". I'm sure an investigation was done, and I'm ASSURE the information they published. Even though we remain open (as well as many other social media against government's general politics), that doesn't mean we don't live under threat. Remember Honduras just re entered the OAS, and it's constantly watched by human rights organizations and many other entities; it's not convenient to OPENLY attack freedom of speech. But with the COINCIDENCE of having 14 journalists assassinated, and COINCIDENTALLY all of them being critics of the government, we know there's NO COINCIDENCE here. I could say much more, but I won't. I just hope we all inform better before we even comment on something.

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