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US lawmakers push for halt in aid to Honduras over series of journalist deaths

Thursday, March 15, 2012

A group of US lawmakers is calling for a halt in aid to Honduras until the government there makes progress in investigating a rash of journalist deaths in the past two years.

Ninety-four members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, proposing a cutoff to all military and police aid until the issue of human rights violations in Honduras are addressed.

Local human rights groups say Honduras will remain one of the deadliest countries for journalists as long as there is impunity for their murderers, pointing to the deaths of 19 journalists since President Porfirio Lobo Sosa took office in January 2010.

Source: CNN