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A television journalist killed inside a barber shop in Honduras

The Honduran journalist, Edgar Joel Aguilar, has been murdered on Saturday inside a barber shop in the city of La Entrada, in the department of Copán, as reported by the television network he worked for, Channel 6.

The National Commissioner for Human Rights (Conadeh) has condemned the violent death of Joel Aguilar. This organization has asked the authorities to carry out the necessary investigations and that “the crime does not add to the long list of impunity that, in the country, covers 91 percent of the cases registered since 2001”.

“Every time a journalist or social communicator dies, the right to life and the right to freedom of expression and to inform adequately are violated,” said the Honduran Ombudsman, Roberto Herrera Cáceres.

With the death of Edgar Joel Aguilar, 79 people linked to the media have been killed since 2001 in the Central American country, says Conadeh.

Last July, the communicator and LGBTI rights activist Santiago Carvajal was shot dead in the city of Puerto Cortés, in Honduras.

The non-governmental organization Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre) ensures that more than 90 percent of the murders of journalists and social communicators remain unpunished and there are no investigations of those responsible for materials and intellectuals.

Given this situation, he recalled that article nine of the declaration of principles on freedom of expression stipulates that “murder, kidnapping, intimidation, threats, destruction of equipment” restrict freedom of expression, so it is necessary “to investigate these attacks “.

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