Introduction to Honduras News Media
Honduras is located in Central America sharing its borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Mesoamerican cultures, especially Maya, are found in Honduras. However, the 16th century Spanish Colonization introduced Roman Catholicism, who brought the Spanish language to the country.
Becoming independent in 1821, Honduras has consistently suffered social strife as well as political instability over the years. It is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. The International Court of Justice had transferred the Mosquito Coast from Nicaragua to Honduras in 1960.
Honduras is considered one of the most dangerous countries for practicing journalists in the Western Hemisphere. The situation got worse after the 2009 coup. According to the Reporters Without Borders, journalists that criticise the ruling government or favour the opposition parties are often threatened, physically attacked or forced to flee Honduras.
The United States-based Freedom House claims that most of the media outlets in Honduras are owned by some powerful business interests. These businesses keep a control over the content that publishes in the national media.
Local newspapers operate in most of the metropolitan areas of the country. Many news magazines publish in Honduras on a monthly basis. Hablemos Claro, Diez, Cromos, Click, Amiga, Estilo and Hablemos Claro Financiera are among the most popular magazines in Honduras.
The country also has specialised magazines to serve the diverse interests of the Honduran readers. Revista Medica Hondureña is one of the magazines that publish on a regular interval for the members of professional organizations.
According to the Internet World Stats, as many as 2.7 million people had access to the internet in 2017. Facebook is the most popular social media network in the country.
Many of the media organizations have a website to deliver news. Some of the national publishers also allow the readers to browse their archives for free.
Honduras newspapers and magazines list
Honduras has a vast network of newspapers and magazines and here below we present you a list of them. With this list of prominent Honduras newspapers and other publications, we have tried to explain the origin, operations, status and relevance of these Honduras media houses in the country and its neighbouring nations.
1. El Tiempo
El Tiempo is a daily newspaper based in Honduras. The newspaper is owned by Jaime Rosenthal. It is published in the Spanish language. The daily has its headquarters in San Pedro Sula.
El Tiempo also has an internet domain www.tiempo.hn, which was purchased by Banco Continental on August 31, 2000, with a 15-year right of possession. The official website of El Tiempo ranked eighth in Honduras according to Alexa’s July 19, 2019 data.
El Tiempo also has a website to complement its print edition. For the convenience of its readers, the website has segregated its stories into different sections such as Politics, World, Nation, Sports, TV, Women and Events among others. It is available on various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
2. La Prensa
La Prensa is a newspaper based in Honduras. Published in the Spanish language, its first issue appeared in 1964. La Prensa was founded by Organización Publicitaria, S.A.. The daily newspaper has its headquarters in San Pedro Sula.
The president of Organización Publicitaria is Jorge Canahuati Larach, who is also a member of the Inter American Press Association Executive Committee.
La Prensa also has a news portal to complement its print edition. The website comprises all the latest news from Honduras. It also covers news related to different sections like world, economy, entertainment, sports, soccer and scandals.
Social Media Presence
La Prensa is available on different social media platforms as well. One can follow it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. La Prensa also offers mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.
3. La Tribuna
La Tribuna is a daily newspaper based in Honduras. Published in the Spanish language, it is owned by Carlos Roberto Flores, Honduran former President.
The newspaper was founded by Oscar Armando Flores Midence in 1976. Oscar Armando Flores Midence was a lawyer, writer and journalist. The newspaper has its headquarters in Tegucigalpa.
Carlos Roberto Flores is the President, chief executive officer and publisher of La Tribuna.
La Tribuna also has a news portal with sections such as National, International, Economics, Sports, Technology and more. One can follow it on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. La Tribuna also offers mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices.
Hondudiario is a news website based in Honduras. It publishes stories in the Spanish language. Hondudiario has sections such as Health, Technology, Tourism, Economy, Sports Business, Politics and International among others.
The news portal is also available on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. It has a mobile application for Android devices as well.
Proceso is a news website of Honduras. The Spanish language portal was launched on April 29, 2005. Marlen Iveth Perdomo de Zelaya is the director of the website.
Proceso has several sections such as Nationals, Politics, International, Economy, Migrants, Sports, Health and Society among others. It is also present on major social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
6. El Pais
El País is a Spanish language newspaper with national circulation. El País has headquarters in San Pedro Sula. Launched in 2017, it is a part of Grupo La Tribuna.
El País also has a website with sections such as Country, International and Sports among others. It is available on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as well.
Criterio is a digital newspaper based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Published in the Spanish language, the news portal was launched on May 1, 2005.
Criterio has several sections to cater to the interests of its readers. It has categories such as Entertainment, World, National, Opinion and many more. One can also find it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
8. Noti Bomba
Noti Bomba is a news portal in Honduras. It offers news and other services to the Latino community in Latin America and the United States. Launched in the year 2015, Noti Bomba claims to have millions of visitors every month.
The website has sections such as U.S. Immigration, Mexico, Videos and International among others. It is also present on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
9. Diario Deportivo MÁS
Diario Deportivo MÁS is a sports website published in the Spanish language. It is based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The sports portal covers baseball, basketball, boxing, tennis, motoring and many more sports besides soccer.
Diario Deportivo MÁS has specialised categories for each one of the sports. It is also present on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Televicentro, also known as TVC is a television station in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras. Founded by Rafael Ferrari, it was established in 1987. TVC integrated four television channels-namely, Canal 5, Telecadena 7 y 4, Telesistema Informativo (TSi) and Mega Show Business TV.
Televicentro is also available as a website with its presence on various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
11. Honduras Tips
Honduras Tips was established in 1994 as Copán Tips by John Dupuis. In 1997, it became Honduras Tips, thus expanding the coverage of geographical information from Copán to the entire country.
Same year, it also became an official guide of the Honduran Institute of Tourism. Honduras Tips has its offices in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.
12. Roatan Island Travel Guide
Roatanet is a travel guide for Roatán, an island in Honduras. The travel portal has information related to accommodation, activities and real estate among others.
Roatanet is managed by Tortuga Digital. It also has official accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter besides a YouTube channel.
13. Hablemos Claro Magazine
Hablemos Claro is a Honduran magazine published in the Spanish language. It also has a website. To cater to the interests of its wide range of readers, Hablemos Claro has sections such as Economy, Editorial, Health, Technology, Lifetime, World and News among others.
The media in Honduras is vast and comprises mediums like radio, television, cinema, magazines, newspapers, cinema and internet based websites. The music industry is also growing with the years in Honduras.
FM and AM are the two bands of the Honduran radio broadcasts. Some of the radio channels feature only interviews and discussions, while music of genres like hip-hop, Top 40 and country is being broadcast on music radio stations.
Television is the most followed news medium in Honduras as half of the country’s households have at least one television.
State of Media
Oscar Perez said in a study conducted on censorship and discrimination in Honduras in 2014 that “silence is imposed” on the working journalists. In the same year, around 72 percent journalists had reported of violation or obstruction to their work. They face serious challenges to complete a task effectively and in a safe way.
Who Owns Media?
Former President of Honduras Carlos Flores owns the country’s most influential media house. The most popular radio stations and TV channels of Honduras are owned by either renowned journalists or ministers. These media outlets report in line of their ideological or political patrons. Therefore, most of the media reports are either one-sided or biased and cause strong media polarization at times.
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