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Honduras : UN concerned over assassination of journalists, but not RWB

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French NGO Reporters Without Borders did not include Honduras in its 2010 list of Worst Predators of Press Freedom, released on 3 May on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day. The pro-US NGO maintains that no link between the murders and the political climate has been established and that the current government is democratic.

On 28 June 2009 a military coup, orchestrated by the United States, toppled elected President Manuel Zelaya and put Roberto Micheletti in power. On 29 November the junta held elections and declared Porfirio Lobo Sosa the winner. The new regime has called for Israeli public order experts. The repression is geared towards targeted assassinations, including journalists.

On 10 May 2010, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, called on the Honduran authorities to elucidate all the circumstances surrounding the killing of seven journalists in six weeks.

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Related article:
- Reporters Without Borders seems to have a geopolitical agenda, by F. William Engdhal, Voltaire Network, 5 May 2010.

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