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Honduras: Journalist and writer to testify at the Inter American Commission on Human Rights concerning the killings of journalists and the issue of impunity in Honduras

(21 March 2014)

Dina Meza, a Honduran journalist who has been subjected to serious intimidation for her work defending freedom of expression, will testify about violence against journalists and the issue of impunity in Honduras on Tuesday next. Her testimony will come as part of a submission from PEN International, PEN Canada and the University of Toronto –Faculty of Law’s International Human Rights Program who have been granted a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington D.C., on 25 March 2014. Also testifying will be award-winning Mexican writer, Álvaro Enrigue who will speak on the critical issue of violence against journalists in the region. Presenting the findings of the recent report Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity will be Marian Botsford Fraser, Chair of PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee, Carmen Cheung, Acting Director, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Brendan de Caires of PEN Canada and Sarah Clarke of PEN International.

The Government of Honduras will then respond to claims that it is in breach of its international legal obligations to protect journalists from violence.

Dina Meza and Marian Botsford Fraser will be available for interviews on Monday 24 March and Tuesday 25 March.

For more information on the murder of journalists and the issue of impunity in Honduras please see the following:

January 2014 Report: Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity

Questions and Answers about Honduras click here

For more information, please contact;
In Washington, DC, Sarah Clarke, International Policy and Advocacy Officer, PEN International: +44 7575 030028 sarah.clarke@pen-international.org
In London, Sahar Halaimzai: +44 (0)20 7405 0338 sahar.halaimzai@pen-international.org

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