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A journalist for the HCH television channel, Edgar Joel Aguilar was abducted in the city of Copan. (image illustration) Getty Images / Sanaepong Chaichomphusakun / EyeEm

A journalist was murdered Saturday in northwestern Honduras, becoming the 79th reporter killed since 2001 in this Central American country.

Edgar Joel Aguilar " was shot dead " at a barber shop in the city of Copán, about 200 km north of the capital Tegucigalpa, said in a statement the National Commissioner for Human Rights of Honduras (Conadeh).

91% of crimes against journalists go unpunished

Edgar Joel Aguilar, who worked as a correspondent for HCH TV, became the 79th victim since October 2001, when sports journalist Aristides Soto was murdered in San Pedro Sula, the source said.

According to the statement, 91% of crimes against journalists , employees and media bosses remain " unpunished ". " Every time a journalist dies, the right to life and the right to freedom of expression are violated, " said Commissioner Roberto Herrera Cáceres.

According to local media, Edgar Joel Aguilar had received death threats, but had not identified the perpetrators of these messages.

One of the most dangerous countries in the world

The head of the National Protection System, Danilo Morales, head of a protection organization for justice officials, human rights defenders and journalists, said that the organization had not received any requests for protection from the on the part of Edgar Joel Aguilar or a complaint for threats.

Honduras, along with Mexico , is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work as a journalist.

(with AFP)