With the two radiomen who were shot dead near Juticalpa, coming from Catacamas, at 11:10 local time today, the total number of journalists murdered in Honduras in just this month has reached five (5!). When number 3 was shot I wrote that it started to look ugly. Now…
The murders took place in the departamento of Olancho, known for drug smuggling by airplane from Venezuela. The killers were riding in another car. As usual there is no clear indication of motive. The only common denominator in these 5 murders, on 4 occasions, is that it was a pre-planned attack carried out by several persons. The victims do not have a common political background. That is why I suspect the drug cartels.
Update 2010-03-28: One of the victims, Mairena, had recently done reporting on organized crime as well as the conflict over land ownership.
Regular readers of my blog will have noticed that I allow those who disagree with me the same freedom to comment as I give those who agree. Today I read an article on Huffington Post that I disagreed with. Seeing that they profess to allow all points of view to come out, if written in a respectful tone, I wrote a comment to this piece in which the Micheletti presidency of Honduras was refered to as a “dictatorship”.
My comment objected to them calling it a dictatorship, and to call the honorable don Roberto Micheletti Bain a dictator. I further pointed out that calling him so in the article could be construed as a personal attack of exactly the kind that the comment rules do not allow. If the progressive agenda shall have any chance of success we must hold on to principles, I pointed out. Finally I made it clear that I believe that history will have Honduras as a legitimate defender of democracy, even though I doubted that the change of view will ever hit the front pages.
This comment was refused by Huffington Post. There can only be one reasonable reason: They cannot stomach letting their readers know that there is an alternative point of view to theirs on the key events in Latin America. Why? Your guess is as good as mine. Who benefits from their behavior? In my analysis, two entities: Chavez with his Bolivarian Revolution and ALBA on the one side, and drug cartels (especially those smuggling cocaine) on the other. Hopefully Huffington Post is acting out of ignorance and not in deliberate support of that twin-headed hydra.