Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: David Meza Montesinos
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: David Meza Montesinos, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6b0c.html [accessed 24 September 2014]|
Radio El Patio, Radio America, Channel 45
March 11, 2010, in La Ceiba, Honduras
Meza, 51, a renowned street reporter for several broadcast outlets, was killed after a car chase through the streets of La Ceiba, capital of Atlántida province on the northern coast, according to news reports and CPJ interviews. Gunmen finally overtook and shot Meza on the doorstep of his home.
Colleagues said Meza specialized in helping people who had been mistreated by government or business. "This is a city of abuses," said Julio César Rodríguez, La Ceiba correspondent for La Tribuna. "The government abuses the poor. The rich, the businesses abuse the poor. Even the middle classes take what they want from the people at the bottom. Who is to stop them? David Meza stopped them, and for years."
Abrahám Mejía, who was Meza's co-anchor on Channel 45, said Meza had recently criticized local police as corrupt and incompetent. Mejía said he believed police might have been behind the killing. "David thought he was too big to lose the fight," Mejía told CPJ. "But the police can't stand to be humiliated, not that way. So they had to react." La Ceiba Police Chief José Ayala did not respond to CPJ messages seeking comment.
Mejía and Rodríguez acknowledged that their late colleague was known to extort money from sources. Meza's family did not return messages seeking comment on the claim. Arrest warrants were issued in June for four suspects, but a local prosecutor told CPJ he would not discuss a motive or any other details. No arrests were reported.
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Crime, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Government Officials|