David Romero Ellner

David Romero Ellner (died July 18, 2020)[1] was a Honduran journalist, lawyer and politician. He was a leader of the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MRI, Revolutionary Left Movement),[2] and formerly a Liberal party congressman. He was director of Radio Globo and Globo TV.[3]

He died on 18 July 2020 from COVID-19 that he contracted in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic in Honduras.[3] Earlier in 2020, CPJ and 190 other agencies urged world leaders to release all journalists imprisoned for their work due to the threat of incurring COVID-19 in prison.[4][3]


In 2002, Romero Ellner was charged with raping his daughter.[5] On 30 July 2002 he was stripped of his parliamentary immunity and office.[6][7] In 2004, he pleaded guilty to raping his daughter and was sentenced to ten years in prison.[8][9] He was released early, and the prosecutor who tried him has accused him of then embarking on a harassment campaign against her and her family, for which he was tried and found guilty on sixteen counts of libel and defamation in 2016.[9] In January 2019, the Honduras Supreme Court upheld a previous conviction of the journalist; he charged a public prosecutor with corruption in 2016.[3] On March 28, 2019, after exhausting all of his appeals, including the Supreme Court of Honduras and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, he was arrested by the National Honduran police in a raid on Radio Globo as he was on the air.[9]


  1. ^ "Muere el controvertido periodista hondureño, David Romero Ellner por COVID-19". Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  2. ^ Los hechos hablan por sí mismos: informe preliminar sobre los desaparecidos. Honduras. Comisionado Nacional de los Derechos Humanos. p. 39
  3. ^ a b c d "Hondurese journalist overleden na oplopen coronavirus in gevangenis / Villamedia". www.villamedia.nl.
  4. ^ "Honduran journalist David Romero dies after contracting COVID-19 in jail". July 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "2003 dejó tres diputados presos y otro prófugo". La Prensa. Archived from the original on 2009-12-09.
  6. ^ "SEMANA DEL 30 AL 1 DE AGOSTO DEL 2002". El Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos. Archived from the original on 2009-12-19.
  7. ^ "Honduras: Sentencian periodista a 10 años de prisión". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  8. ^ Centro de Derecho de Mujeres (2006). "Fuerzas para seguir: Testimonio de un abuso sexual". Centro de Derechos de Mujeres. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  9. ^ a b c "Capturan al periodista hondureño David Romero". La Prensa (Honduras). 22 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-30.