PPF concerned over attack on UNE TV journalist

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Juan Orlando Hernandez, President of Honduras has expressed concern over the attack on journalist Mauricio Rivera of UNE TV on November 21.

PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has urged the authorities to thoroughly investigate this matter and hold those officers responsible for attacking journalist Mauricio Rivera.

According to the Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), the police and military officers attacked Rivera by throwing tear gas bombs to stop him from coverage in the city of Choluteca in southern Honduras.

Rivera was on a tour while he noticed the large number of police officers near Choluteca Bridge, suppressing the public protesting against the inauguration of a mobile congress of the Legislative Power.

He then decided to cover the incident, when the officers noticed journalist making footage of the happening they surrounded Rivera and attacked him with tear gas bombs.

This is not the first time that Rivera is being attacked, he has been a victim of similar attacks for past two years. He lodged complaints in the Public Ministry and the Unit for the Protection of Journalists and Social Communicators of the Ministry of the Interior, Justice and Human Rights.