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  • Paper coffins in the capital Tegucigalpa honored the 59 journalists assassinated in Honduras since 2009.

    Paper coffins in the capital Tegucigalpa honored the 59 journalists assassinated in Honduras since 2009. | Photo: @GerardoTteleSUR

Published 11 April 2016

The Attorney General's office has only processed six of these cases, while only four people have been prosecuted and sent to jail.

Since the 2009 U.S.-backed coup that removed President Manuel Zelaya, 59 journalists have been assassinated in Honduras, with four of them being murdered just in 2016 alone.

Related: Hillary Clinton Justifies her Support for 2009 Coup in Honduras

The most violent year until now has been 2015, with 218 alerts registered and 12 journalists assassinated.

In April 2015, the Honduras National Congress approved the Journalist Protection Law, which included measures like providing police protection when a journalist receives a threat. The law also planned the creation of a center monitoring threat follow-ups, although the government has not yet approved the budget.

In four years of former President Profirio Lobo's government, 30 journalists were murdered, while in the current government headed by President Juan Orlando Hernandez, 22 journalists have been assassinated in the two years and three months since he took office. These two post-coup presidencies have been accused of sytematic human rights abuses and corruption.

The Attorney General's office has only processed six cases, while only four people have been prosecuted and sent to jail. There has not been any investigation into who ordered these crimes and the motivations behind each one.

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