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Murderers of Honduras journalist sentenced to life imprisonment
Published on June 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has welcomed a ruling by a Honduras court sentencing the murderers of journalist Alfredo Villatoro to life imprisonment.

Villatoro, host of the news program “Diario Matutino” broadcast by HRN radio in Tegucigalpa, was kidnapped on May 9, 2012, and his body was found six days later. On Wednesday, the Criminal Court sentenced Marvin Alonso Gómez and brothers Osman Fernando and Edgar Francisco Osorio Arguijo to life imprisonment.

The chairman of the IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, declared, “We applaud the fact that in this case justice has been served.”

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, added, “In addition to the correct action for the murder of Villatoro we are pleased that the Honduras government is taking steps to show its determination to put an end to violence and impunity,” a reference to the recent passage by the Honduras Congress of a law for the protection of journalists.

That law arises from the “Tegucigalpa Action Plan,” a document drawn up at the Conference on Security, Protection and Solidarity for Freedom of Expression that the IAPA held in Tegucigalpa in August 2012 together with the Honduras News Media Association (AMC). At the time it was proposed to create an institutional mechanism for the protection of the most vulnerable groups of journalists, among other recommendations.
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