Journalist Attacked by Assassins While Speaking on Live Radio

Sunday, March 07, 2010
Joseph Ochoa

Karol Cabrera, a controversial journalist in Honduras, survived an assassination attempt last week that took place while she conducted a radio interview via phone in the capital of Tegucigalpa. Cabrera was traveling by car with Joseph Hernández Ochoa, a journalism student at the University of Honduras and former entertainment presenter on a local television station, when two men pulled up alongside and sprayed the vehicle with bullets. Ochoa died at the scene, while Cabrera suffered a broken arm and ribs from multiple gunshot wounds.

Cabrera became a controversial media figure because of her support for the coup that ousted former President Manuel Zelaya in June 2009. She had received numerous death threats, and on December 15 her pregnant daughter, Kathleen Nicolle Rodríguez Cabrera, was killed while driving her mother’s car down the same road as last Monday’s attack.
Meanwhile, Ochoa’s mother accused Cabrera of being involved in the planning of the attack, and urged the U.S. not to offer asylum to Cabrera until an inquiry into the shootings can be conducted.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
Broadcaster Shot Dead in Apparent Attempt on Fellow Journalist’s Life (by Louise Hallman, International Press Institute)


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