Dina Meza has been working as a human rights defender and journalist in Honduras since 1989. Dina Meza is the founding President of PEN Honduras.
Her commitment to human rights also led her to establish the "Journalism and Democracy" Project and to form the Association for Democracy and Human Rights, ASOPODEHU, together with a group of people. Her work focuses on the defense of freedom of expression of journalists, social communicators, LGTBI people, youth, women and indigenous people, and she has managed to push these issues forward through her digital newspaper www.pasosdeanimalgrande.com. On this website Dina Meza publishes publishes stories, research and news on human rights and thus makes human rights violations visible. In some months the website reaches more than 30 thousand visits.
The strategy of combining journalism with human rights advocacy has positioned her as a respected advocate for her actions against human rights violators.
As a journalist Dina Meza operates in a hostile and complex environment. She faces surveillance, intervention in communication, inquiries, smear campaigns and other threats. However, she continues to help the vulnerable groups of people who face threats, such as harassment and death threats. She has also been building support networks to strengthen solidarity with women, youth, indigenous people, LGBT community, journalists and social communicators, who have difficulties to access justice in Honduras.
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