BY AFP/La Prensa/El Heraldo

Journalist murdered in Honduras

A journalist was shot to death by unidentified assailants in northern Honduras, a colleague said on August 15, raising to 46 the number of media workers murdered in the Central American country since 2003.

Nery Soto, 32, who worked for Channel 23 TV, was walking into his home in the northern city of Yoro when he was gunned down on August 14 night, said Osman Gardado, a colleague of Soto’s.

Police ruled out robbery because Soto’s personal effects were not taken. But a motive for the slaying was not immediately known.

Soto’s death would be the 46th murder of a media worker in Honduras, most of them journalists, since 2003, according to a tally kept by the National Human Rights Commission.

More than 90 percent of the deaths remain unsolved.

Congress is currently debating a law to protect journalists and human rights activists as occupations that have proved particularly vulnerable to a surge of violence that has made Honduras the country with the world’s highest murder rate.

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