The media is restricted by punitive defamation laws which, in certain cases, require journalists to reveal their sources. Journalists tend to exercise self-censorship in order to avoid offending the political or economic interests of the media bigwigs, and cases of journalists accepting bribes from officials who wish to influence coverage are not unknown.
Daily newspapers are in Spanish and privately owned. They include El Heraldo, La Prensa, El Tiempo and La Tribuna. The weekly Honduras This Week is published in English. Televicentro operates Telesistema Hondureno, Canal 5 El Lider and Telecadena 7 y 4. Other networks are: CBC Canal 6, Vica TV and SOTEL Canal 11. Radio America and Radio HRN are both privately-owned national radio stations.