My name is Dina Meza, and I am a human rights journalist in Honduras.
I have dedicated my life to revealing the corruption and injustice oppressing Hondurans. Today I ask for your help defending the fundamental human right of freedom of expression.
Powerful people in my country wish journalists dead — because we have exposed human rights abuses, and covered issues related to corruption, state abuses and the actions of powerful groups.
Our families are also targeted. My children and I have been followed and photographed by two men not known to me.
Two weeks ago, I received three silent calls to my mobile phone. Earlier, I received a series of frightening text messages:
“We’ll burn your pussy with lime until you scream and the whole squad will enjoy it” — CAM*
“You’ll end up dead like people in the Aguan there’s nothing better than fucking some bitches”
Amnesty International is calling on Honduran officials to investigate these vicious threats against me and to protect my rights and the rights of all journalists in my country. Please take this action immediately.
These are not isolated threats. In 2006, my colleague, lawyer Dionisio Diaz Garcia, was shot and killed while on his way to the Honduran Supreme Court. Those responsible have still not been brought to justice for his murder.
Sometimes you have to kick the hornet’s nest to expose the truth. Our right to do so must be defended. The Honduran State must respect that.
Oppressors may threaten my life, but they will never deter this movement. We are stronger than fear, and we have human rights on our side.
If you believe in freedom of the press, please take this important action with Amnesty today.
— Dina Meza
Director, Defenders Online
Activist with Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared, and for women’s rights
* CAM is an acronym for Comando Alvarez Martinez, a pseudonym which has been used in threats to human rights activists and journalists in Honduras.