News May 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wendy Guerra gets back her job as TV presenter News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts HondurasAmericas Organisation December 28, 2020 Find out more Wendy Guerra, who was abruptly dismissed from her job as TV presenter as a result of political pressure, was given back her job on the programme, Denuncias 49, on local TV station Canal 49 in Santa Rosa de Copán in western Honduras on 3 May. The journalist told the Committee for Free Expression in Honduras (C-Libre) on the telephone that she was back on Canal 49, adding that the management had apologised to her and they had reached a satisfactory professional agreement.Guerra explained that her dismissal had provoked strong reactions locally, nationally and internationally and had brought gestures of solidarity that she could never have imagined. “There were even people ready to organise protest demonstrations against Canal 49” she said.Reporters Without Borders said it considered the case revealing of a new “subtle” form of censorship that was becoming ever more common in Honduras.______________________________________________________________26.04.06 – Political pressure gets local TV presenter fired Reporters Without Borders today condemned the harassment and intimidation of local TV journalist Wendy Guerra of Canal 49 by municipal councillors in the western city of Santa Rosa de Copán and her dismissal on 24 April as a result of pressure from the ruling Liberal Party.“It is not our job to question a news media’s internal decision to fire an employee, but if the management fails to defend one if its journalists when she is the target of threats and then fires her as a result of external political pressure, it speaks volumes about its concept of press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We firmly condemn the party political solidarity that led to Wendy Guerra’s removal,” the organisation added.Guerra had worked for two years for Canal 49 as reporter and presenter of the investigative programme “Denuncias 49.” At the start of April, she reported that, during a public meeting, three of the city’s 10 municipal councillors had voted against the proposed building of a sports centre for young people. After the programme was aired, she began being harassed and threatened by the three councillors.Canal 49 owner Amid Cárdenas, a former parliamentary representative of the ruling Liberal Party (which also controls Santa Rosa de Copán), told Guerra on 24 April that he was removing her from the news staff and was withdrawing “Denuncias 49.” According to the account Guerra gave to the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), Cárdenas told her that her report had “created problems with party friends” and that he did not want “bad things said about Mel’s government on my TV station because he is a friend and they won’t give me any more advertising.” Mel is the nickname of President Manuel Zelaya.Before giving Guerra her notice verbally, Cárdenas wrote a note to the three councillors explaining what he had done. “It was if he was saying: Look, I’ve sorted out the problem,” Guerra told C-Libre. Reports RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Follow the news on Honduras RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the political pressure that led to the dismissal on 24 April of Wendy Guerra, the presenter of an investigative programme on local TV station Canal 49 in the western city of Santa Rosa de Copán. News May 13, 2021 Find out more
Far right groups have called for a campaign targeting students who demonstrate against Nick Griffin and David Irving’s appearances at the Oxford Union in two weeks time.Anti-fascist and student groups claim that students could be attacked on the day of the free speech forum in eighth week, and an Oxford student blogger has been sent death threats by neo-Nazi groups on the Internet.Blogs on fascist websites have called for supporters to congregate in Oxford during the debate and to challenge protesters. One blogger on fascist website ‘Survive or Die 14’ issued “a call to all right minded British patriots,” saying, “Plans have been made by every scum group in the area and around the country to try and disrupt this event. The brainless bullies of the left along with the self interested from various ‘minority’ groups will all descend on the town on that day in an attempt to stifle free speech.“It is time that UK Nationalists showed these filthy vermin that we will not bow to threats of violence and bully boy tactics. In my own opinion we should be there on the 26th, not to stoop to the level of the scum by committing acts of violence. Our aim should be to let David Irving and anyone else who the reds attempt to stifle [know] that we are prepared to support them.”Steven Altman-Richer, co-President of the Oxford University Jewish Society, said this was a clear indication of plans to intimidate student groups.“We feel that this shows an actualised threat that fascist supporters will descend on Oxford for Irving and Griffin’s talk, therefore putting the safety of Oxford students at risk,” he said. “We are extremely concerned…not just for the safety of the Jewish community but for all minorities and all students.”Sabby Dhula, co-ordinator of the national group Unite Against Fascism, also said that students were in danger and called on the Union to cancel the forum.“We are very concerned for the safety of students, staff and all at Oxford University. A Neo-Nazi group is threatening to attack those who oppose the Oxford Union debate with the BNP.”“The BNP is participating in a supposed civilised debate at Oxford, in order to give itself the sheen of legitimacy, when its stated aim of an all white Britain would only be achievable through violence, and its members have criminal convictions for violence and racism. We therefore call on the Oxford Union to stop lending legitimacy to fascism and withdraw these invites immediately,” she said.Duncan Money, a second-year from Balliol, said that he had received death threats after criticising fascist groups in an internet blog, and described those planning disruption at the Union as “complete nutters.”“I have received hundreds of threats from fascist groups,” he said. “My family has been threatened, my friends have been threatened and I’ve been threatened. On one occasion someone rang my home phone in the middle of night and said they would cut my throat. I have received hundreds of threats from members of the BNP and far right groups.”Several groups have organized protests against appearances by Nick Griffin and David Irving. Wadham College Students’ Union is to protest in conjunction with members of student group ‘Make Oxford Just Initiative’, as well as members of the Jewish Society and the Islamic Society.Thames Valley Police have advised people not to attend the Union on the evening of the debate if they are not permitted to attend the forum. They are currently liaising with the Oxford Union and protest groups in preparation for the event.Oxford Union President Luke Tryl confirmed that there would be increased security measures in place, and announced his intention to hold a poll in conjunction with the Union’s termly elections to judge support among members for the invitations.