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Honduras is a Central American country which practices Christianity.

General censorship[]

Four journalists were killed during 2012, compared with five in 2011. Reports of harassment of journalists and social communicators (persons not employed as journalists, but who serve as bloggers or conduct public outreach for NGOs) continued to rise. There also were multiple reports of intimidation of members of the media and their families. Government officials at all levels denounced violence and threats of violence against members of the media and social communicators. During 2012 the efforts of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) created in January 2011 to address violent crimes against vulnerable communities, including journalists, led to seven arrests and one prosecution in cases involving killings of journalists and social communicators. Members of the media and NGOs stated that the press “self-censored” due to fear of reprisal from organized crime.

On 28 June 2009, the day of the coup against the president Manuel Zelaya, the electric fluid was cut during the night of the kidnapping of the then-president and the radios and media were censored and did not aired anything during that day because nobody knew what happened in the country, neither that the president was kidnapped and sent abroad.

In 2013 the Executive Power sent to the National Congress a paper that tried to reform the Telecommunications Law.

The Honduras Journalists' Association was against the reform because it was a law of censorship of media or a content filter so that only the content approved by the government would be broadcast. Julieta Castellanos, rector of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), stated that the control of information would give the power to the State to restrict freedom of expression."

Journalist Elías Chahín, current president of the Association of Independent Radios and Television Channels of Honduras, who was a critic of the Telecommunications Law of Honduras, was beaten by three youngsters on 5 May 2013 and was threatened with being murdered if he ever spoke again.

Book censorship[]

  • Prisión Verde - this socialist realism novel by Ramon Amaya Amador was banned in Honduras due to its descriptions of the life conditions in the banana crops of Standard Fruit Company in northern Honduras (Bajo Aguán), durante the regime of Tiburcio Carías Andino.

Film censorship[]

Television censorship[]

Internet censorship[]

There are no government restrictions on access to the Internet or credible reports that the government monitors e-mail or Internet chat rooms without judicial oversight. The constitution and laws provide for freedom of speech and press, and the government generally respects these rights in practice. The constitution and law generally prohibit arbitrary interference with privacy, family, home, or correspondence.

Video game censorship[]

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