UN envoy tells Honduras to better protect its journalists

August 15, 2012 04:21


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TEGUCIGALPA - The Honduran government must investigate the cases of 22 journalists murdered in the last two years in a country that has the world's highest murder rate, a United Nations envoy said on Tuesday.

Frank La Rue, a UN special freedom of expression rapporteur, also demanded that President Porfirio Lobo establish new measures to protect journalists, including giving them access to bulletproof cars and helping threatened reporters and their families to relocate, either within Honduras or abroad.

"The state must investigate and apprehend the intellectual and physical perpetrators of crimes against journalists," La Rue said at a press conference. "The absence of justice constitutes impunity and in this case, impunity generates more violence against journalists."

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