Dear wonderful reader,
Today I would like to ask you to take the chance to help protect Radio-personalities in El Salvador and Honduras, that has received death threats for their right to express themselves. I have put together 2 appeals, one for El Salvador and one for Honduras, that would make me happy if you wanted to forward them. Go to http://embassy.goabroad.com/ and look for the embassy’s of El Salvador and Honduras and send the messages below.
Thanx in advance!
It is with a great concern for the safety of Radio director Arnulfo Aguilar that I contact You. It has come to my knowledge, from reliable sources, that he was attacked by eight to ten armed men wearing balaclavas outside his home in San Pedro Sula, north-western Honduras. I consider the above to have something to do with his criticism of the armed forces he made earlier.
As a defender of human rights I urge that the authorities take immediate steps to fully provide appropriate protection to Arnulfo Aguilar in accordance with his wishes.
I call for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the attack on Arnulfo Aguilar, demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice.
The reason for me contacting You are my concern for journalists Pablo Ayala and Manuel Navarrte at Radio Victoria in El Salvador, a community radio station committed to social and human rights reporting. Some incidents have occurred that caused my concern.
On 30 April Pablo Ayala spent the night at the Radio Victoria office due to heavy rainfall. At around 4:00 he heard a noise and discovered a letter had been delivered, containing death threats against him and Manuel Navarrte.
On 2 May, Pablo Ayala received two text messages at 20:00 sent via the internet to his mobile phone and signed by “death squad”. On the same day, also at around 20:00, Marixela Ramos, a news producer at Radio Victoria, received two text message threats.
On 4 May, Radio Victoria staff held a press conference in the capital San Salvador regarding the threats they had received. A few hours later, at 20:00, Pablo Ayala and Marixela Ramos both received two text message threats.
Therefore, I would like to:
Call for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into the threats against staff at Radio Victoria, with the results made public and those responsible brought to justice.
Urge the authorities to take immediate steps to fully provide appropriate protection to staff at Radio Victoria in accordance with their wishes and in compliance with the Precautionary Measures ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.