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2013-01-09

RSF calls for journalist protection in Honduras

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Jan. 8 urged the Honduran government to protect journalist and human rights activist Itsmia Pineda Platero, who has reported harassment and death threats from corrupt police officers.

“Pineda Platero was constantly threatened through the Internet, Skype and Twitter, and is a victim of cyber attacks. She has been prevented from circulating freely on several occasions,” RSF wrote in a letter to Minister of Justice and Human Rights Ana Pineda.

The note was signed by Christophe Deloire, RSF’s secretary-general, who recalled that Pineda Platero closed the Tegucigalpa office of NGO “Xibalba Art and Culture” after reporting the threats.

Xibalba, which in the Indian language means “underworld,” operated in Honduras since 2007.

Pineda Platero’s harassment began when she demonstrated against the killings of journalists in front of the presidential palace in December 2011.

RSF also is concerned about María Isabel Morales Barahona, another founder of Xibalba, “who also is in danger and threatened with death.”

“No one can ignore the police involvement in the numerous human rights violations committed in recent years” in Honduras, RSH said.

[AFP (Honduras), 08/01/2013; La Prensa (Nicaragua), 08/01/2013]

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