Honduras Claims Right To Ban Free Speech Media

09.28.09 | FL News Team

The new government of Honduras has decreed it can ban free speech, the news media and protest rallies over so-called "disturbances of the peace." The constitutionally elected leader of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was overthrown by the Honduran military in June. An official of the new government, which is not recognized by the U.S. or other Western nations, said news media that incite protests against the government will be shut down.

Earlier, the Honduran government threatened to shut down Brazil's embassy because Zelaya has taken refuge there. Honduras has given Brazil ten days to turn over Zelaya or see the embassy shut down and Brazilian diplomats ejected. In another development, the military government denied entry to a delegation from the Organization of American States. The OAS wants to mediate the political crisis between Zelaya and the new Honduran government.