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Honduran journalist killed outside home

May 13, 2011

Two gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed a journalist outside his home in the northern Honduran city of Morazán, officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Francisco Medina, a 35-year-old television reporter, was ambushed Tuesday night.

Medina had received death threats in the past, and his death appeared work-related according to colleagues. Medina was often critical of Honduras’ National Police force and “of private security firms contracted by ranchers in the area, where drug traffickers operate.”

Medina is the 11th journalist killed during the last year and a half in Honduras. Only two of those murders were solved. Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous places in the Western Hemisphere for journalists. A committee of missing persons in Honduras told the AP that two men followed Medina on a motorcycle after his evening show. The reporter was shot three times in the back and once in the arm as he tried to enter his home.

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