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Updated 07/31/2008

Remembering 25 Years Ago—May 1983

May 4
Daniel Velasquez Nuñez, a Honduran merchant, disappears after being detained in Santa Cruz de Yojoa, by four hooded and armed men, allegedly agents of the Public Security Forces.


“Honduras: The Facts Speak for Themselves.” The Preliminary Report of the National Commissioner for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras. Human Rights Watch; July 1994.

May 5
John Lantigua, a freelance correspondent for United Press International, is expelled from the country for writing articles that Honduran authorities denounce as "tendentious or false, with the object of disparaging" the country's image. Lantigua, who had been in the country since September 1982, was working on a story about a secret jail in which political prisoners are reportedly tortured. He is told his expulsion is based on Honduran law that only allows state-licensed journalists to work in the country.

On Nov. 14, 1985, in connection with the case of another suppressed journalist, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights rules that the licensing law violates the right to free expression. Opponents of licensing had argued that the policy was nothing more than a cover for government censorship.


"Honduras expels reporter." UPI. The New York Times; May 7, 1983.

"Strong message to censors." Ezra Bowen. Time; Dec. 16, 1985.