Between Bullets and Censorship
Honduras has one of the world’s highest murder rates. It is also one of the most dangerous countries to practice journalism, ranking 129th out of 180 in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index. Journalists are regularly threatened, attacked, and killed for their work. The Honduran government fails to punish those who use violence against reporters, essentially granting them impunity. This space will be dedicated to examining the lack of protection for Honduran journalists exercising their profession. Topics will include the use of state-sponsored advertising as a mechanism to reward or punish publications, and censorship and self-censorship as hindrances to democratic progress.
Born in Cofradía, Honduras, Dina Meza has been recognized by PEN International, Amnesty International, Index on Censorship and Reporters without Borders for her work as a journalist and human rights advocate. Currently, Dina is the driving force behind the creation of Honduras PEN Centre. In 2013, she wrote “Reign of Terror,” an in-depth report on threats to Honduran journalists for Index on Censorship’s magazine. In 2014, she was named one of Reporters Without Borders’ “100 Heroes and Heroines of Information.” Dina Meza was awarded the 2014 Oxfam Novib/PEN International Free Expression Award alongside freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim and journalist and activist Oksana Chelysheva
  • Honduran TIGRES, a specialized police force, are trained by a Green Beret in 2015. Image via Flickr user: USASOC News Service.
    The Secret Everyone Knew

    Dina Meza writes about corruption in the Honduran police and government, an issue that journalists in Honduras are punished for reporting on under restrictive press laws.

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