HONDURAS On September 25, the Supreme Court received a request for protection under the law stemming from violations of press freedom allegedly carried out by the San Pedro Sula city government. The intent was to bring the issue to the highest tribunal in the land before taking it to the international courts in a campaign for respect of constitutional guarantees and provisions of the American Convention on Human Rights. In the past year, the Department of Criminal Investigation has disregarded journalists' rights. Its director general indicated he would be willing to cooperate in solving disagreements with journalists, but in reality there was no immediate change, and the excuses and delays with the press have continued. The media has been affected by recent reform of the penal code, particularly in regards to its Article 295. The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) said this article results in disrespect for press freedom and called for it to be repealed.