OFFICE OF SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR DEPLORES MURDER
OF JOURNALIST IN
According to the information the Office of the Special Rapporteur has received, when Medina Polanco left the television station he was reportedly chased by two unknown men on a motorcycle, who opened fire on him when he was close to his home. Medina Polanco was taken to a hospital in
Besides managing the local Omega Visión station, Héctor Medina worked as a producer and anchor of the TV9 news program, where he had recently reported on alleged acts of corruption by local authorities, purported irregularities committed by agents of the police, and serious conflicts over land ownership. For weeks, the journalist had been telling his family members that he was receiving death threats.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur considers it essential for the
The Office of the Special Rapporteur reminds the State that Principle 9 of the IACHR Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression states: "The murder, kidnapping, intimidation of and/or threats to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of communications media violate the fundamental rights of individuals and strongly restrict freedom of expression. It is the duty of the state to prevent and investigate such occurrences, to punish their perpetrators and to ensure that victims receive due compensation."
The death of news anchor Héctor Medina follows the murders of the following journalists: Gabriel Fino Noriega, on July 3, 2009, in San Juan Pueblo; Joseph Hernández Ochoa, on March 1, 2010, in Tegucigalpa; David Meza Montesinos, on March 11, 2010, in La Ceiba; Nahúm Palacios, on March 14, 2010, in Tocoa; José Bayardo Mairena and Manuel Juárez, on March 26, 2010, in Juticalpa; Jorge Alberto "Georgino" Orellana, on April 20, 2010, in San Pedro Sula; Luis Arturo Mondragón Morazán, on June 14, 2010, in El Paraíso; Israel Zelaya Díaz, on August 24, 2010, in San Pedro Sula; and Henry Suazo, on December 28, 2010, in La Masica.