On July 22nd, a missing Honduran reporter was found dead. The naked body of 32-year-old Herlyn Espinal, a correspondent for the daily television show “Hoy Mismo“, was found shot twice on the side of a highway according to National Police. Espinal is the 32nd member of Honduran media murdered since 2003.
This figure reflects the terrifying truth that Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world at 90.4 people per every 100,000 inhabitants. Reports attribute this statistic to the increasing number of Mexican drug cartels that use Honduras as a pitstop for their U.S. bound substances. Not so ironically, 60% of journalists murdered in Honduras covered Crime and Corruption beats according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Unfortunately, Espinal’s death will probably go unsolved. 90% of journalists’ murders remain unsolved in Honduras.