Press release

Honduras: Director-General urges investigation into killing of television journalist Ricardo Alcides Avila

The Director-General of UNESCO has condemned the killing of television journalist Ricardo Alcides Avila, who died in hospital on 30 May from gunshot injuries sustained a few days earlier in the southern Honduran city of Choluteca.
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I condemn the killing of Ricardo Alcides Avila and urge the authorities to investigate this crime to ensure that everyone responsible is brought to justice. Impunity must not be allowed to prevail for acts of violence targeting journalists, who serve people’s need for information and contribute to democratic debate.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General

Avila was a journalist and cameraman for Metro radio and television whose staff are reported to have received threats due to the broadcaster’s editorial policy.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and by coordinating the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

 

See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi