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Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Joseph Hernández Ochoa

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Joseph Hernández Ochoa, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6aac.html [accessed 21 October 2014]
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TV Channel 51
March 1, 2010, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Hernández, 26, an entertainment journalist and host for Tegucigalpa-based Channel 51, was driving colleague Karol Cabrera home when two unidentified gunmen fired on them in a neighborhood known as El Chile, press reports said. Hernández, shot several times, died at the scene. Cabrera, a host with private station Radio Cadena Voces, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to the left arm, news reports said.

News accounts suggested that Cabrera had been the target of the attack. Cabrera, who hosted a television show on state-owned Channel 8 during the interim government of Roberto Micheletti, said she believed supporters of ousted leader Manuel Zelaya were behind the attack, press reports said. Cabrera's daughter, Kathleen Nicole Rodríguez Cabrera, was fatally shot in December 2009 under similar circumstances, according to press reports.

Cabrera said she had received several anonymous death threats by phone before the shooting and had been assigned a police escort, press reports said. The officer was at Cabrera's home at the time of the attack, according to news reports.

Hernández hosted the program "Encuentros" on Channel 51 and was studying journalism at the National University of Honduras.

Medium:Television
Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Culture
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:Yes
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Impunity:Yes
Taken Captive:No
Tortured:No
Threatened:No
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