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Journalists protest killings of colleagues in Honduras

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A Honduran soldier, member of the presidential guard, clashes with demonstrators protesting against the murder of colleagues in Tegucigalpa on Monday. In the past two years, and under the government of Porfirio Lobo, 17 journalists have been killed in Honduras.

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Journalists lie and sit on the ground in front of the presidential palace while protesting against the murder of colleagues in Tegucigalpa on Monday.

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A journalist with his mouth taped takes part in a a protest against the murder of colleagues in Tegucigalpa on Monday.

From this story about the killing of radio news host Luz Marina Paz:

Human rights advocates say at least 23 journalists have been killed in Honduras since 2007, many for angering organized criminals and drug traffickers with their work. The Miami-based Inter American Press Association said Paz, who also owned her own business, had received death threats from criminals to whom she had refused to pay extortion.

"These new attacks are part of a campaign of violence and insecurity in general, and of threats and intimidation against editors and journalists in particular that we have been denouncing in Honduras," said the president of the group's committee on press freedom, Gustavo Mohme.

Almost half of the cocaine that reaches the United States is now offloaded somewhere along the country's coast and heavily forested interior, according to U.S. and Honduran estimates.

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