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Guatemala condemns attacks on journalists in Honduras
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The Guatemalan government on Monday condemned attacks on Guatemalan journalists by Honduran police and the interim Honduran government's closure of a radio station and a TV channel, local media reported.

Rafael Espada, vice president of Guatemala, said his country would present a protest to the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

Two Guatemalan journalists were pushed to the ground and stamped on by security forces during an early hours raid on Radio Globo in Honduras, Espada said.

The two journalists are currently in Guatemala's embassy in Honduras and will return home soon.

Espada called for calm from the Honduran authorities so that such events will not be repeated, and urged them to respect journalists' work.

The interim Honduran government on Saturday issued a decree that allows the closure of mass media which "attempt against human dignity, public officers, and put at risk the peace and tranquility of the country."

Because of the decree, police and soldiers on Monday closed radio station Radio Globo and TV channel Canal 36, which covered anti-coup activities and supported the return to power of ousted president Manuel Zelaya.

(Xinhua News Agency September 29, 2009)

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