first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more The director and presenter of a programme called “El Pueblo Habla” on independent Valle TV, Hernández, 54, was gunned down in broad daylight in Nacaome, the capital of the southern department of Valle, as he was about to board a bus to go home. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Shot by two men aboard a vehicle who immediately drove off, he was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries a few hours later. He was the first journalist to be murdered in Honduras in 2019. RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” March 19, 2019 Journalist murdered in southern Honduras, first this year Hernández was an outspoken journalist who often accused local politicians of corruption in his programme. A few days before his murder, he posted an opinion piece on Facebook calling for President Juan Orlando Hernández’s resignation. HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence RSF is meanwhile very concerned for the safety of Leonel García, a journalist who was very close to Hernández. The presenter of the independent TV news programme “Noticias Dígalo Cómo Quiera,” García often worked with Hernández and, just before the latter’s murder, had accused Nacaome mayor Victor Flores and local parliamentarian Alfredo Saavedra of corruption. Condemning TV journalist Gabriel Hernández’s murder in southern Honduras on 17 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges investigators to prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to his journalism and calls for urgent reinforcement of the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. His outspoken commentaries had prompted many death threats, which he reported to the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists last year. But officials at the Mechanism decided that he was not in any serious danger and refused him protection. The past few months have seen many threats and attacks against independent media in Honduras, especially in the south of the country, where two journalists, Jairo López and Edgar Andino, have been harassed and threatened by officials and local police in recent weeks although they are getting protection from the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists. April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports Organisation Help by sharing this information Last month, after receiving threats, García asked the National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists for emergency protection, but his request was also turned down. RSF managed to contact García today. He is extremely upset and fears that he could also be murdered. Receive email alerts News News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further Follow the news on Honduras RSF_en Honduras is ranked 141st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News “The Honduran authorities must conduct an impartial investigation into this appalling murder and prioritize the hypothesis that it was linked to the victim’s journalism,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The National Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists must also be reinforced and its criteria for granting protection must be urgently reviewed in order to provide Leonel García and his family with the protection they need.”last_img read more