May 26 - Journalists protest in Honduras in a show of solidarity following the grisly murder of scores of journalists in the violence-wracked Central American country. Andrew Raven reports.
Thousands journalists and their supporters rally in Honduras, protesting a surge in deadly attacks on reporters. Two reporters were found brutally murdered earlier this month, brining the number of journalists killed since 2009 to 20. Many were murdered for covering the illegal drug trade - Honduras is a hotspot for the trafficking narcotics to the United States from South America. Protesters called on President Porfirio Lobo to take urgent measures to curb the rising death toll. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE OF JOURNALISTS IN HONDURAS, JUAN RAMON MAIRENA, SAYING: "We have been obliged to go out onto the streets of our cities to protest (against) the government of the republic in respect to the indignation and profound discontent for the insecure environment we work in, live in and travel in." Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the world, and it's murder rate is 16 times that of the U.S. Rampant lawlessness, poverty and a crumbling justice system have left the coffee-exporting nation of some 8 million people battered by ultra-violent gangs and drug cartels. Andrew Raven, Reuters