UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has condemned the murder of community broadcaster and human rights activist Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera in the town of Tierra Colorada (Honduras) on 9 January.
I condemn the killing of Pablo Isabel Hernández Rivera. Hernández Rivera was a dedicated journalist and defender of human rights who spoke up for his indigenous Lenca community. A thorough investigation will be needed to bring his murderers to justice and establish whether their crime was motivated by his activities as a journalist and human rights defender.
Hernández Rivera, who was shot dead while walking to church was the director of community Radio Tenan, which regularly reported on corruption at the local level. He was also a leader of the Lenca indigenous community and a member of a network of human rights defenders.
UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists
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