Press group condemns Honduran reporter’s murder

The Inter American Press Association Tuesday roundly condemned the murder of an Honduran journalist and an attack on the Honduras newspaper La Tribuna in which a security guard was injured. It called on the authorities to carry out an exhaustive investigation into the incidents and punish those responsible.

Tuesday morning reporter Luz Marina Paz Villalobos from the television news station Cadena Hondureña de Noticias was riddled with bullets in Tegucigalpa together with another person believed to have been her cameraman. According to initial reports Ms. Paz Villalobos, the owner of a local business, had received death threats from gang members for having refused to pay extortion for her protection. She and the person accompanying her were traveling in a vehicle owned by an officer of the armed forces when they were killed. The motives for the attack were not immediately known.

In another incident, unidentified persons shot at least 10 times at the building of the Tegucigalpa newspaper La Tribuna in the early hours of Monday. Security guard José Manuel Izaguirre was shot three times during the incident. It is believed that the attack, carried out from a moving vehicle, was made in reprisal for publication of reports of investigations into the murder of two university students by members of the police force.

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