September 28, 2009 / 12:10 AM / 9 years ago

Honduras issues decree to suspend some rights, media

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - The de facto Honduran government has issued a decree allowing it to suspend freedom of speech, ban protests and suspend media groups because of “disturbances of the peace” since a June coup that toppled President Manuel Zelaya, government officials said on Sunday.

De facto Honduran interior minister Oscar Matute said media that incite violence should be regulated under the decree, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters.

A senior government official said the decree, dated September 26, has been printed in the official gazette.

Reporting by Sean Mattson, editing by Philip Barbara

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