Photo: Carlos Mejia
A Radio Progreso executive who had received protection since 2009 was found stabbed to death this weekend in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, Reflection, Investigation and Communications Team, or ERIC, director the Rev. Ismael Moreno said.
Carlos Mejia was murdered on Friday night at his house in the city of El Progreso, Moreno said.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted “protective measures” to the 31-year-old Mejia five years ago, Moreno said.
Radio Progreso executives confirmed that Mejia, who worked as the station’s marketing manager, was murdered, but the National Police has not issued a statement about the case.
“We are confident that the investigation will be carried out fully, not just in the Carlos Mejia case but so that the murders of all other journalists will not go unpunished,” Moreno, a Jesuit priest, told reporters.
Hector Flores, an executive with the company that publishes the La Prensa, El Heraldo and Diez newspapers, was found stabbed to death in late December.
The Organizacion Publicitaria, S.A., or Opsa, executive was murdered inside his residence.
An average of 16 people are murdered every day in Honduras, making the Central American country one of the most dangerous places in the world.