Killing of Honduran Journalist a Sign of Continued Danger for Media
The brutal killing of journalist Jose Noel Canales highlights the persistent danger for media in Honduras. Freedom House calls on Honduran authorities to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of his death and to not rule out that the killing might be linked to his journalistic work.
Canales had worked for more than 12 years as journalist, monitoring national news for digital newspaper Hondudiario and news monitoring agency Seproc (Servicios Profesionales de Comunicacion). He was shot to death on his way to work on Friday afternoon; his body was found later that day inside his pick-up truck.
According to reports by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights crimes against journalists continue to go unpunished in Honduras, despite its agreement to create special investigative bodies and protocols to respond to the attacks. Freedom House urges authorities to take immediate action to prevent further violence and fulfill its international commitments to implement legislation and mechanisms necessaries to protect journalists.
Over the past six months, there has been an escalation of attacks on journalists in Honduras. Canales is the 23rd journalist killed in Honduras since in the past two years, considered the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists. Honduras is ranked Partly Free in the Freedom in the World 2012, Freedom House's survey of political rights and civil liberties, and Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2012.