Honduras: Authorities must guarantee the safety of defenders and journalists targeted in smear campaigns

In light of the situation facing human rights defenders and journalists in Honduras, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:
“In recent weeks, several journalists and representatives of both international and Honduran human rights organizations have reported to Amnesty International the circulation of videos and statements on the internet discrediting them and stigmatizing their work, portraying them as threats to Honduran society.”
“These sinister campaigns along with the silence of the Honduran authorities lead to a hostile environment for the defence of human rights and freedom of expression and allow more serious attacks against defenders and journalists to take place.”
“Corporate sector representatives have also made stigmatizing statements about those who protest against energy projects, portraying environmental defenders as criminals and as opposed to development”.
“Companies must refrain from using language that stigmatizes, violates, discredits or discriminates against defenders and journalists. The Honduran authorities must, in turn, publicly acknowledge the legitimate work of defenders and journalists and take effective measures to ensure their safety.”
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Lucy Scholey, Amnesty International Canada (English):  +1 613-744-7667 ext. 236; lscholey@amnesty.ca.