Photo: Nery Soto
A broadcast journalist was murdered in northern Honduras, becoming the seventh journalist to be slain in the Central American country this year, a police source told Efe Friday.
The incident occurred Thursday night in Yoro province, where Nery Soto, 31, was gunned down by unknown persons in front of his home.
The journalist directed a television program on Yoro’s Channel 23.
Authorities rule out robbery as the motive of the crime, since the killers took none of Soto’s belongings, not even the cash the journalist had in his pocket, the police source said, adding that no arrests have been made in the case.
Counting Soto, seven journalists have been killed to date this year in Honduras, according to the office of the country’s Human Rights Commissioner, which has recorded a total of 47 journalists and media workers slain since November 2003.
The last journalist to be killed was Herlyn Espinal, whose body was found on July 21 at a ranch between the town of La Barca and the municipality of Santa Rita in Yoro province.
Honduras remains the most violent country in the world, with 90.4 homicides per 100,000 people, according to a report released in June by the Assessment Capacities Project, an initiative of several international NGOs.