Support investigative journalism in Honduras


Hi everyone!

I hope this project is as successful as many journalists around the world are dreaming it will be. That is the first step – to dream. I have always dreamed of doing journalism that could end the abuse and injustice in which we live. I grew up in a reality of contrasts, at a time of militarization, corruption, oblivious politicians, and unscrupulous businessmen who basically did not care about hunger, Honduras’ miserable health or transport systems, institutionalized violence, or discrimination against women, for example. When I was a child, we battled poverty every day through hard work, determination, strong family ties, and optimism. My grandparents moved from the countryside to the city, and my grandma, a master of beautiful peasant traditions and a strong and powerful “mestiza,” gave up being the village schoolteacher to become a city woman. By example, she taught all the women in the family how to fight without giving up. I have overcome many traumas, including the violent deaths of my father and several friends and fellow journalists, for which no one has been brought to justice. I will not succumb to despair – every blow has made me a warrior, and every obstacle is a chance to prove that adversity must never stop us. Only those who has suffered dark will search for the light. My way to achieve my life’s purpose is the journalism I love, which quickens my heart in moments of greatest expectation, which brings joy and sorrow. Through independent, self-critical, methodical journalism – the kind that comes from the streets – combined with an academic grounding, I am convinced I can bring change to my country. It is not fair that in Honduras the sexual abuse of children and public corruption go unpunished, while the more fortunate young people look on, wringing their hands helplessly. I believe that those hands extended in help to others could build a better world. It isn’t fair that raped girls who become pregnant are later accused of abortion, which is banned in my country. Or that they are raped by foreigners in sexual-tourism areas and forced to have HIV-infected children. That and more happens in Honduras. I hope you will be able to make a small donation to my project, and please check out the proposals by my fellow Press Start journalists as well.

Wendy



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Wendy Funes is an investigative journalist from Honduras interested in reporting security and human right issues in her country. Investigative journalists like Wendy face daily hard resistance from the Honduran government, considered one of the most corrupted of Central America. Wendy was threatened more than 30 times in the last few years because she tried to have access to public information. Drug traffic, corrupted police officers and soldiers, connection between mayors and rapes of minors and death squads against journalists and trade unionists and political opponents are the main problems in Honduras that Wendy wants to report you.

Please help Wendy achieve their goals by financing the http://pressstart.org/ crowdfunding campaign!

IREX Europe has been collaborating with Wendy Funes from 2015, when she was selected by IREX Europe to participate in the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Fellows’ Programme, held in Riga, Latvia.

IREX Europe considers her candidature for the World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta in 2017.

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