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article image7 journalists killed in Honduras in space of 2 months

By Stephanie Dearing     May 2, 2010 in Crime
San Pedro - The number of journalists killed by executions in the Honduras continues to climb with the death of the seventh, George Orella. Orella was killed by a shot in the head on April 20th.
George Orella, a program producer and presenter for TelevisiĆ³n de Honduras, reports Reporters San Frontiers, was the seventh journalist murdered in the Honduras. There is no known motive for the series of murders, which is frightening journalists in the nation. There is speculation that the murders might be linked to the June 28th 2009 coup d'etat.
The murders are not only being investigated by Honduran police, but also by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, reports the International Press Service.
Five journalists were killed in March, and two in April. The five killed in March are alleged to have been investigating a drug cartel, but this rumour has not been confirmed by police.
President Lobo has promised to quell the increasing violence gripping Honduras, which is linked to drug trafficking. In one of the lastest reports from the country, masked men killed nine people in the capital city, Tegucigalpa in early April. Honduras is now known to be a key depot for the shipping of street drugs, such as cocaine, to the United States.
President Manuel Zelaya was usurped by the military after Zalaya tried to pass a law that would allow him to run for office a third time. The army roused the sleeping president out of bed in late June 2009, and put him onto a plane to Costa Rica. Later that day, the Honduran Congress supported the deportation of Zelaya, and installed Roberto Micheletti as President. Elections were held in November 2009, resulting in President Profirio Lobo being elected, taking office in January 2010. The International Crisis Group said the international community is divided on whether or not to accept the election results.
According to the CIA Factbook, Honduras is the second poorest nation in Central America, and has a population of just under 8 million.
The US Department of State warns travellers "... The precarious security situation that Honduras experienced as a result of the June 28, 2009 coup has greatly diminished with the presidential election in November 2009 ..." The State Department has not advised travellers to stay away from the troubled country.
Not one of the murders involving journalists has been solved.
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