Nahúm Elí Palacios Arteaga

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Nahúm Elí Palacios Arteaga
Died March 14,2010

Nahúm Elí Palacios Arteaga (died March 14, 2010) was a Honduran journalist and reporter. Palacios was the news director for the Canal 5 television network in Aguán and the host of a news program on Radio Tocoa within the Colón Department along the Caribbean coast.[1][2]


An investigative reporter, Palacios focused on local politics, drug trafficking and violence in Honduras.[2] He was also known for reporting on an ongoing conflict between landowners and peasant farmers in the northern Aguán region of the country.[2] Palacios reportedly received threats from members of the Honduran military in June 2009 for critical coverage of the 2009 Honduran coup d'état which ousted former President Manuel Zelaya.[2] He also received anonymous death threats from criminal organizations operating in the country.[2] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged the government to specifically protect Palacios in July 2009.[2]


Palacios was shot and killed at the age of 36 while driving to his home at approximately 10:30 pm on March 14, 2010.[3] Palacios was driving in the northern city of Tocoa when two car came alongside his car and fired at his vehicle with AK-47 assault rifles. Palacios, who was shot several times, died at the scene of the attack.[2] The car in which Palacios was travelling received 42 bullet holes in the attack.[3] A woman in his car was treated for injuries at a local hospital, while a cameraman escaped the attack unharmed.[3]

Palacios was one of five journalists to be killed in Honduras in March 2010.[4]


Palacios's killing triggered protests by dozens of journalists on March 15, 2010, in the city of San Pedro Sula.[3] The journalists demanded an end to violence against colleagues in the country.[3]


  1. ^ Greenslade, Roy (2010-03-22). "Journalists murdered in Mexico and Honduras". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Third Honduran journalist gunned down in two weeks". Committee to Protect Journalists. 2010-03-16. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Honduras: Killing of TV journalist spawns protest". Associated Press. Google News. 2010-03-15. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  4. ^ Renderos, Alex (2010-03-31). "In Honduras, journalist slayings raise alarm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-04-05.