viernes, 14 de mayo de 2010

UN concerned over assassination of journalists in Honduras, but not Reporters Without Borders

UN human rights experts urge Honduran authorities to protect journalists

10 May 2010 – A group of United Nations human rights experts today urged the Honduran Government to take immediate action to end violence against journalists in the Central American country where, they said, seven media professionals have been killed during the past six weeks, and several others have been threatened.
“We urge the Government to take all necessary measures to thoroughly investigate these killings and threats, prosecute those responsible, and ensure the physical and psychological integrity of all journalists under threat,” the independent experts said in a statement issued in Geneva.
“In particular, we call upon the Government to establish an independent inquiry aimed at shedding light on these issues, as well as at identifying measures that could be taken to better protect journalists and prevent the occurrence of such acts in the future,” they added.
Journalists José Bayardo Mairena Ramírez, Manuel Juárez, Nahun Palacios Arteaga, David Meza Motesinos, Joseph Hernández Ochoa, Luis Antonio Chévez Hernández and Jorge Orellana were killed recently “while exercising their legitimate right to freedom of opinion and expression,” the UN Special Rapporteurs said.
They said several journalists continued to receive death threats, despite precautionary measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights to protect journalists in Honduras.
“Journalists play a critical role in strengthening human rights through their work,” the independent experts said. “Silencing them not only curtails freedom of opinion and expression, but also jeopardizes the enjoyment of all rights and freedoms of society as a whole,” they added.
The experts called on Honduran authorities to “take all necessary steps to protect the right to life and secure the right to freedom of opinion and expression of all persons,” citing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
“The international community will closely scrutinize the response of the Government to this tragic situation,” said the group, comprising Frank la Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression; Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on summary, extrajudicial or arbitrary executions; and Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

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

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

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