Thursday, 9 July 2009

Micheletti Golpista

On this one i'm gonna post a lot.

i'll start with IFEX newsletter about the post-coup freedom of expression situation in the country, since a lot of "democratic" organizations rushed (amid deaths) to applause the coup as a return to law and democratic order. A lot of bloggers also have posted their pictures of the rallies (of both parts), i'll post some links eventually later on.

(...) The political crisis following the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya on 29 June has seriously affected the press freedom climate in Honduras but CPJ says initial reports have not connected the killing to the coup, according to Honduran station Radio América. However, the office of Radio América in Tegucigalpa was itself attacked with explosives last week, and a grenade was thrown at Channel 11's
headquarters in the capital on 4 July, say C-Libre and RSF.
"We are under so much pressure that if we even make an error in the number of people who are at a march we become the target of threats via messages and phone calls. We are in a difficult situation unlike any we have experienced before in our lives as journalists," said Nancy Jhon, a Channel 11 journalist.
Many of the stations that did not support the coup have been taken off the air, forced to devote significant coverage to demonstrations in favour of the new government, or harassed by the military.

Nahún Palacios, the director of Canal 5 TV, said that security forces assaulted him and raided his station on 30 June, seizing his equipment and destroying the facilities, after he broadcast images of pro-Zelaya protests, reports C-Libre.
Palacios fears for his life. "Armed men grabbed my children, they raided my home," he said. "In Honduras, we have lost the constitutional guarantees afforded to citizens. A person is worth nothing. No one can talk about anything."

Later, the armed forces called a meeting for local journalists and warned them not to report on the coup.

Reporter Luis Galdamez, who hosts a show on the independent station Radio Globo Honduras, is back on the air but the military told him not to criticise the new government. According to, he refuses to be silent, but he's scared. "I get death threats every day. I don't even read my text messages anymore, they're so grotesque," he said. (...)

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