The Independent (U.K.) endorses Honduras coup

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The Independent (U.K.) endorses Honduras coup

The Media Lens takes on more imperialist complicity in the media

MEDIA ALERT: SIDING WITH THE GENERALS - THE INDEPENDENT ON HONDURAS

Iran's June 12 presidential elections have been widely criticised, both domestically and abroad, as lacking credibility. During the popular protests that followed, some 30 people were killed by government forces with hundreds more arrested. These events have been subject to intense and continuous US-UK media scrutiny.

Also in June, a military coup overthrew the democratically-elected government of Honduras. President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and deported to Costa Rica on June 28. Initial clashes between troops loyal to the coup plotters and Zelaya supporters left at least one person dead and 30 injured. On July 30, as many as 150 people were arrested, with dozens injured, when soldiers and police attacked demonstrators with tear gas, water cannon, clubs and gunfire. One of the wounded, a 38-year-old teacher, was left fighting for his life after being shot in the head. Journalists reporting from the scene were also attacked. (Bill Van Auken, 'Honduran coup regime launches brutal crackdown,' August 1, 2009, World Socialist Web Site; http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/aug2009/hond-a01.shtml)

Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, describes how the Honduran people have been "risking their lives, confronting the army's bullets, beatings, and arbitrary arrests and detentions". And yet the US media has reported this repression "only minimally, with the major print media sometimes failing even to mention the censorship there". (Weisbrot, 'Hondurans Resist Coup, Will Need Help From Other Countries,' ZNet, July 9, 2009; http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/21924)

Our own media database search (August 3) of national UK press editorials mentioning the word 'Iran' over the previous five weeks delivered 26 results. A search for editorials containing the word 'Honduras' delivered 2 results. In fact there has been a single leading article on the Honduran crisis (in the Independent on June 30 - see below). Over the same period, a search for UK national press articles mentioning 'Iran' gave 848 results; for 'Honduras' 96 results. This is not hard science, but it does indicate comparative levels of UK media coverage of the two issues.
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