Tony Avirgan and Martha Honey

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Tony Avirgan and Martha Honey are a married couple and former journalistic duo who reported on the 1979 Uganda–Tanzania War and Central America in the 1980s. They were unsuccessful plaintiffs in Avirgan v. Hull (1986), a civil suit alleging responsibility for the La Penca bombing, which injured Avirgan.[1][2] Philip Chrimes credits Honey with, "perhaps more than any other journalist, help[ing] to blow the cover on the illegal North-Secord Contra resupply operation".[3] Journalist Ed Hooper described Avirgan and Honey's book War in Uganda: The Legacy of Idi Amin as an "outstanding eyewitness account" and an "excellent source" on the Uganda–Tanzania War.[4]

Their son, Jody Avirgan, is also a journalist.[5][6]


In 1988, Honey received a Centre for Investigative Journalism Award in the Radio category for an Iran-Contra story that aired the year before on Sunday Morning on CBC Radio.[7]


  • Avirgan, Tony; Honey, Martha (1983). War in Uganda: The Legacy of Idi Amin. Tanzania Publishing House. ISBN 978-9976-1-0056-3.
  • Avirgan, Tony; Honey, Martha, eds. (1987). La Penca: On Trial in Costa Rica : the CIA Vs. the Press. Editorial Porvenir. ISBN 978-9977-944-16-6.
  • Honey, Martha (1994). Hostile Acts: U.S. Policy in Costa Rica in the 1980s. University Press of Florida. ISBN 978-0-8130-1250-6.[3]
  • Honey, Martha (1999). Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?. Island Press. ISBN 978-1-55963-582-0.[8][9]


  1. ^ Roberts, George (2014). "The Uganda–Tanzania War, the fall of Idi Amin, and the failure of African diplomacy, 1978–1979". Journal of Eastern African Studies. 8 (4): 692–709. doi:10.1080/17531055.2014.946236. S2CID 146456572.
  2. ^ Berlet, Chip (May 1993). "Big stories, spooky sources". Columbia Journalism Review. 32 (1): 67. ProQuest 230337891.
  3. ^ a b Chrimes, Philip (1994). "Hostile acts: US policy in Costa Rica in the 1980s". International Affairs. 70 (4): 837. doi:10.2307/2624658. JSTOR 2624658.
  4. ^ Hooper 1999, p. 900.
  5. ^ "Jody Avirgan to Launch Political History Podcast With Radiotopia | Hollywood Reporter". Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  6. ^ Lei, Richard (3 June 1995). "A VACATION AT CLUB RED". Washington Post. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Expose wins top journalism award". Calgary Herald (Sunday ed.). The Canadian Press. March 27, 1988. p. A8.
  8. ^ Rome, Abigail (2009). "Book Review". Journal of Ecotourism. 8 (1): 74–76. doi:10.1080/14724040802586414. S2CID 216138796.
  9. ^ Morehead, Jeff D (30 April 2000). "Honey, Martha. Ecotourism and sustainable development: who owns paradise?". Counterpoise. Gainesville. 4 (1/2): 54. ProQuest 227968183.

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