HomeNewsBriefHonduras: 23 Journalists Murdered Since 2007

Honduras: 23 Journalists Murdered Since 2007


Honduras’ National Commission for Human Rights reports that 23 journalists have been murdered in the country since 2007; 16 of these since the 2009 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Human Rights Commissioner Ramon Custodio said that only three of these cases had been resolved by police.

The most recent victim, Medardo Flores, was a journalist with Radio Uno in the Caribbean coastal city of Puerto Cortes and was active in a pro-Zelaya movement. He was ambushed and shot dead while driving his car in early September.

Honduran security officials have suggested that the deaths of 23 journalists should be blamed on common crime or personal disputes, but many of the victims have been linked to Zelayista groups, according to AFP news agency.

The country is currently one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, according to the commission. The current president, Porfirio Lobo, has requested investigative support from the FBI and Spanish authorities.

Honduras’ murder rate is on track to reach 86 per 100,000 by the end of 2011.

Compartir icon icon icon

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.


Related Content

HONDURAS / 28 AUG 2014

Authorities in Honduras are preparing to sell off extradited drug trafficker Carlos "El Negro" Lobo's properties, another step in criminal…

COCAINE / 6 OCT 2020

A small plane that crashed outside the Colombian capital had the same registration number as a drug plane seized in…

BARRIO 18 / 4 FEB 2015

Guatemala President Otto Perez Molina blamed high levels of violence in January on rivalries between street gangs MS13 and Barrio…

About InSight Crime


We Have Updated Our Website

4 FEB 2021

Welcome to our new home page. We have revamped the site to create a better display and reader experience.


InSight Crime Events – Border Crime: The Northern Triangle and Tri-Border Area


Through several rounds of extensive field investigations, our researchers have analyzed and mapped out the main illicit economies and criminal groups present in 39 border departments spread across the six countries of study – the Northern Triangle trio of Guatemala, Honduras, and El…


InSight Crime’s ‘Memo Fantasma’ Investigation Wins Simón Bolívar National Journalism Prize

COLOMBIA / 20 NOV 2020

The staff at InSight Crime was awarded the prestigious Simón Bolívar national journalism prize in Colombia for its two-year investigation into the drug trafficker known as “Memo Fantasma,” which was…


InSight Crime – From Uncovering Organized Crime to Finding What Works

COLOMBIA / 12 NOV 2020

This project began 10 years ago as an effort to address a problem: the lack of daily coverage, investigative stories and analysis of organized crime in the Americas. …


InSight Crime – Ten Years of Investigating Organized Crime in the Americas


In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…