Honduran journalist Edwin Josué Andino shot dead in Comayagüela

Guatemala, October 24, 2022 — Honduran authorities must fully investigate the murder of journalist Edwin Josué Andino, determine whether he was targeted for his work and bring those responsible to justice, the Committee said on Monday. for the protection of journalists.

On the morning of October 10, unidentified individuals dressed in police uniforms abducted Andino from his home in Comayagüela, northwest of the capital Tegucigalpa, and then shot and killed him, according to a report by the Honduran group of C-Free free speech and news reporting. Andino’s body was found on the street near his home, with his mouth taped shut and gunshot wounds to his face.

The journalist’s father, Edwin Emilio Andino, whom assailants had taken to the same house hours earlier, was found shot dead in another neighborhood of Tegucigalpa, according to the reports.

Andino, 23, graduated from journalism school in 2021 and worked as a producer for afternoon shows on national channel La Tribuna TV (LTV), according to reports and a media statement. LTV director Raúl Morazán told AFP that Andino had worked for the channel for two years and was unaware of any threats against the journalist.

“Honduran authorities should fully investigate the murder of Edwin Josué Andino and his father and determine if it was related to his work as a journalist,” said CPJ Latin America and Caribbean program coordinator Natalie Southwick. At New York. “The Honduran government must end the impunity that has prevailed in the killings of journalists for so many years by conducting a prompt and credible investigation that identifies all those responsible and brings them to justice.

On Oct. 12, police said two cars used by the shooters, which were found in a warehouse with plastic handcuffs, duct tape and traces of blood, were taken to medical examiners, according to reports.

On October 15 and 18, police arrested several people with suspected ties to the Barrio 18 gang, including four believed to be linked to the murder of Andino and his father, according to multiple dispatches.

Police Chief Gustavo Sánchez told media that the mobile devices confiscated from the suspects included “technical and scientific” evidence that at least three of the individuals were involved in the couple’s murder, according to the reports.

Security Minister Ramon Sabillon told CPJ via the messaging app that police investigations were still ongoing.

Since 1992, at least eight journalists in Honduras have been murdered in connection with their work, according to CPJ research. CPJ is investigating the killings of 28 other journalists to determine if they were work-related.

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