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Killing of TV Journalist Spawns Protest

Dozens of journalists took to the streets Monday in northern Honduras to protest attacks on their colleagues after gunmen killed a television journalist in a hail of bullets -- the third such slaying in two weeks.

Nahum Palacios, director of a TV station in Tocoa near the Caribbean coast, was shot to death Sunday night as he drove home and was intercepted by two other vehicles, said Leonel Sauceda, a spokesman for the federal police.

The body of the journalist, who was news director of a television channel in Tocoa, was lying in the street, and two murderers fled the scene. The man that was with him was hospitalized.

According to Vos el Soberano, Palacios had denounced death threats against him during his radio show last Friday and made Miguel Facusse responsible for anything that happened to him, since he had been covering human rights abuses against MUCA campesinos in Aguán. “The people here do not look like terrorists, they are humble, poor people,” he said alluding to an article on La Prensa that linked campesinos to guerrilla and drug trafficking groups.

The protest took place in San Pedro Sula, a northern industrial city plagued by organized crime and youth-gang violence. Journalists demanded justice for dead colleagues and a halt to violence.