NUJ calls on Honduran authorities to protect journalist covering murder trial from online smears and threats
25 September 2018
The NUJ has condemned online threats and attempts to smear an NUJ member currently freelancing in Honduras.
The union has written to the Honduran authorities seeking their urgent intervention to ensure the safety of Nina Lakhani, a longstanding NUJ member who has been freelancing in Latin America for the Guardian for the past five years and is currently covering a murder trial in Honduras.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
“These latest smears are a crude and cynical attempt to deter Nina in the fearless work she has been conducting, investigating the murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Caceres and in the process uncovering links to criminal networks and corruption – areas of clear public interest. In a country where impunity is rife, such intimidation is deliberately designed to make Nina and her journalism a target, and we call on the authorities to act robustly to ensure her safety.”
Jeremy Dear, deputy general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, added his voice to the call for action:
“These threats are designed to send a chilling effect to all media workers and it’s vital that the international community of journalists collectively sends a message that this culture of impunity needs to be dismantled. Nina, and all other journalists working in Honduras, need to be able to work freely, independently and fearlessly.”