Buenaventura Calderón

Source – (CNN Spanish) – A social communicator, identified as Buenaventura Calderón, 72, was killed after being shot several times on Thursday 06 November 2019,  minutes before arriving at his home in the municipality of Puerto Lempira, in the department of Gracias a Dios, in the Atlantic zone of Honduras, according to police.

Melvin Alvarenga, regional commander of the preventive police in Gracias a Dios, indicated that two subjects aboard a motorcycle and with their faces covered fired at the vehicle that Calderón was driving when he tried to park in front of his house, taking his life almost immediately .

According to the police, the Buenaventura’s wife, María Calderón, 43, who was with him in the vehicle, also died from several bullet wounds.

Buenaventura Calderón was one of the coordinators of the Ecos de la Mosquitia news program, on the Kupia Kumi Catholic Radio, in Puerto Lempira. According to his companions, who condemned the murder, Calderón dealt with issues related to drug trafficking in the area, corruption and was a defender of the human and territorial rights of the Misquito peoples of that region.

According to the police authorities, the causes of the murder of the communicator, who was also a businessman, and his wife are under investigation to arrest the material and intellectual authors of this double crime.

Speaking to CNN, the National Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras, Roberto Herrera Cáceres, said that 81 journalists and media workers have been murdered in the Central American country since 2001 to date. In the year to date he added, four journalists have been killed already.

Honduras, according to several international human rights organizations, is one of the countries of the world where it is most dangerous to practice the profession of journalism


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Region:Americas

Country:Honduras

Department/Province/State:Gracias a Dios

Sex1:Male

Age:72

Date of Killing:06/11/2019

Previous Threats:No information

Type of Work:Journalist/communicator

Organisation:Kupia Kumi Catholic Radio

Sector or Type of Rights the HRD Worked On:Civil and Political Rights, ESC Rights

Sector Detail:Abuse of power/corruption, Indigenous People’s Rights

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