HONDURAS

Country Summary


Honduran journalists have became more aggressive in pursuing investigative stories about official and private sector corruption. But the press146;s efforts to deepen its coverage also led to several attacks on journalists during the year.

The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) reported that Sandra Maribel Sanchez Escoto, a reporter who covers the Congress for Radio América, a national radio station, received numerous telephone death threats as a result of her investigative reporting on corruption among officials and the military.

CODEH also reported that on Nov. 3, a reporter and photographer for the Tegucigalpa daily La Tribuna were assaulted by the spouse of a public official and political candidate. Jimmy Macoto, the husband of Gloria Oqueli de Macoto, executive director of the National Institute of Retirement Pensions for Public Employees, assaulted reporter Emma Calderón and photographer Julio Cesar Atunez after they covered a political rally outside the capital and took a picture of the couple's sportscar, an Alpha Romeo.

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