UNESCO chief condemns murder of Honduran journalist

3 December 2003

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the assassination of a Honduran television journalist, who had reported on coffee and cattle smuggling and criticized a cyanide spill.

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the assassination of a Honduran television journalist, who had reported on coffee and cattle smuggling and criticized a cyanide spill.

“I condemn the cowardly assassination of Germán Antonio Rivas, a reporter and owner of the local Corporación Maya Visión television station, who was already the target of an assassination attempt in February this year,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement released at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Mr. Rivas was targeted in February shortly after reporting on coffee and cattle smuggling to Guatemala. He had also criticized a cyanide spill into the Lara River in the Central American country by the Minerales de Occidente mining company, which was fined €140,000 (euros) for the spill.

 

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