"We work in a country where there is no war, although it seems as though there is. It is safer to be a war journalist than one writing about social issues in Honduras, where we can sense danger waiting for us around every corner.” Dina Meza
Dina Meza is an independent journalist and defender of freedom of expression. Due to her high public profile and status as a dissident, she is unable to publish her work in the mainstream media. Dina faces harassment and intimidation on a daily basis. She regularly receives threatening phone calls and her mobile is tapped. Cars without number plates follow her and armed men invade her house to intimidate her family, which has forced her to move house several times. Despite these attacks, Dina continues to use her online platform to draw attention to state violence against activists and human rights defenders. Her website reaches up to 30,000 hits a month.
Watch PBI UK webinar where Dina Meza talks about DEFENDING HUMAN RIGHTS UNDER LOCKDOWN IN LATIN AMERICA
On December 7th 2020, Dina wan Sir Henry Brooke Award for Human Rights Defenders, hosted by PBI UK. The awards are an opportunity to celebrate the commitment of our beloved late patron Sir Henry Brooke, and the lawyers and other human rights defenders PBI's protects, to the rule of law. This is increasingly prescient as civil liberties and human rights lawyers come under increasing fire in the UK and all over the world.
"Today I receive the award with colleagues and fellow defenders who were killed, whose bodies with pierced with bullets for defending their territories. We are a community of peace. Resilient. Our only weapon is the word - which is a deadly weapon against violence.” Dina Meza