Honduran TV journalist murdered

This posting is an important update by the Committee to protect journalists and the freedom of the press worldwide:

New York, The month of january 19, 2017–Honduran authorities should completely investigate the killing of Honduran television reporter Igor Abisaí Padilla Chá vez and bring those responsible to justice, the Panel to Protect Journalists said today. 4 unidentified assailants shot and wiped out Padilla on January 17 within the Suyapa neighborhood of the northwestern associated with San Pedro Sula, according to news reports .

Padilla, 38, covered common news and crime for the tv station HCH ( Hable como Habla , or “Speak as You Speak”) and directed the particular comedy program ” Mis Verduleros ” (“The Greengrocers”), which appeared on the same station. Law enforcement last night arrested 18 suspects they will alleged were part of the criminal bunch Barrio 18 on suspicion associated with involvement in the murder, according to news reports . The reports included no indicator of a possible motive.

“Honduran authorities must do everything within their power to conduct a credible analysis into the murder of Igor Abisaí Padilla Chá vez and prosecute those responsible, ” said Carlos Laurí a, CPJ’s senior system coordinator for the Americas. “Incomplete research into the murder of journalists deliver a message that the media can be focused with impunity. ”

Honduran news reports said that Padilla received a call from a lady who asked him to stage outside while he was recording a commercial at a local store. Whenever Padilla went outside, four equipped assailants shot him repeatedly. This individual was rushed to a local personal clinic, where doctors pronounced your pet dead, HCH reported on the Facebook web page.

The owner of HCH, Eduardo Maldonado, told the Honduran daily newspaper El Heraldo that he was unaware of any kind of threats against Padilla. “We inquired him if he felt vulnerable because of his work, and he mentioned, ‘No, ‘” Maldonado told the particular newspaper. CPJ’s phone calls to HCH went unanswered.

The particular Honduran newspaper La Prensa cited friends of the slain journalist as saying that the media reporter had received a written loss of life threat before the attack. CPJ has been unable to verify this claim.

HCH, on its Fb page , quoted Ricardo Castro, the movie director of the Technical Agency for Legal Investigation, as calling the criminal offense “very planned. ” “There is not any doubt that Igor Padilla was your objective. Fifteen minutes after [the attack], we dispatched various groups to begin the investigation, ” HCH quoted Castro as saying.

Police at the First Place of the National Police in San Pedro Sula told CPJ those in charge of the investigation were not open to comment.

Padilla’s last news review before his loss of life, published on HCH’s YouTube funnel yesterday, was a routine report around three separate local arrests. The every day Una Tribuna recognized Padilla as being highly critical from the government and of local authorities.

A 2014 CPJ report discovered that organized crime and problem in Honduras have produced a good alarming rate of unsolved instances of violence against journalists.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The written text has been modified in the first section to correct the spelling of the Suyapa neighborhood.

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