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OAS Secretary General Condemns Murder of Honduran Journalist Ángel Alfredo Villatoro

  May 16, 2012

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, expressed his “most forceful condemnation” of the murder of journalist Ángel Alfredo Villatoro, whose body was found this morning in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and warned that “this crime isn’t just an attack on the press; it’s an attack on Honduran democracy.”

The chief representative of the hemispheric organization condemned the violence that is carried out against those who keep the public informed, called on authorities to clarify “this brutal crime that casts a shadow once again over journalism in the Central American country,” and urged Honduran society to “strengthen the judicial system,” declaring that “the murder of journalists affects the whole of society, in that freedom of the press is one of the basic pillars of a democratic system.”

Insulza expressed his agreement with President Porfirio Lobo in that “the death of the journalist Villatoro must be investigated, judged and sentenced with the greatest rigor and promptness possible.”

The OAS Secretary General sent his condolences to the family of Ángel Alfredo Villatoro, to Radio HRN, where he worked, and to the people and government of Honduras.

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Reference: E-174/12