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May 5, 2011

Brazil: Another journalist gunned down in less than a month

Valério Nascimento , a journalist involved in local politics, was gunned down Tuesday at the entrance to his home in Rio Claro, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. As a journalist, he had covered an alleged corruption case just a few days before the shooting, but the motive is not yet known. “Nascimento’s murder, which took place on World Press Freedom Day, is a reminder that Brazil is still a dangerous country for journalists despite recent legislative progress and efforts to combat impunity,”... MORE
April 22, 2011

Brazil: Little progress in investigation into fatal shooting of journalist in northeast

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has urged police investigating the April 9 murder of radio and TV broadcaster Luciano Leitão Pedrosa in Vitória de Santo Antão (in the northeastern state of Pernambuco) not to rule out the possibility that it was connected to his work as a journalist. The organisation also called on the police to keep the public informed about their investigation, which appears to have made little progress. Pedrosa was the second journalist to be... MORE
April 12, 2011

Critical Brazilian TV journalist shot dead

Brazilian journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa , known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups, was shot Saturday night at a restaurant in Vitória de Santo Antão in northeastern Pernambuco state, according to press reports. At about 9 p.m., a man entered a restaurant where Pedrosa had gone to buy food and shot him in the head, the Brazilian press reported. According to the Recife-based daily Diario de Pernambuco , four shots were fired at Pedrosa, but only one bullet... MORE
April 10, 2011

IFJ backs defence of media qualification requirement in Brazil

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has backed the call by its affiliate in Brazil, the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ) for the restoration of the requirements for professional qualification in order to practice journalism. FENAJ marked the Brazilian Journalists Day Thursday by reiterating its support for proposals for constitutional amendments (PECs) before the National Congress, which restore journalism training and diploma for aspiring journalists. "We support these... MORE
March 24, 2011

Shooting attack on outspoken Rio blogger, reprisal suspected

A nearly fatal shooting attack was carried out Wednesday on blogger Ricardo Gama on a Rio de Janeiro street was linked to his blog, which is often very scathing about the local authorities. The police said they were not ruling it out, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Gama, 40, was in the Rio neighbourhood of Copacabana when individuals in a black car shot him three times, in the head, neck and shoulder. Onlookers went to his aid and he was rushed to... MORE
March 6, 2011

Brazilian government considers changes to media laws

Brazil’s Communications Minister Paulo Bernardo says he wants to “comb through” the omnibus bill dealing telecommunications and broadcast regulation, O Estado de S. Paulo reports. The goal is to clarify the languages and provisions in the controversial bill that was initially proposed by Bernardo’s predecessor, Franklin Martins, according to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. President Dilma Rousseff has repeatedly stated her support for press freedom, most recently at the 90-... MORE
February 27, 2011

Local courts allow multiple lawsuits to be used to censor journalists

Some local courts in Brazil are permitting the use of multiple lawsuits and other abusive judicial procedures to censor journalists, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Carlos Santos , a freelance journalist and blogger based in Mossoró, a town in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, was ordered this month to pay 6,000 reais (2,600 euros) to charities for posting three allegedly defamatory comments about the town’s mayor, Fátima Rosado, on his... MORE
January 29, 2011

Brazil: Newspaper owner's house attacked in Paraná

The home of Orley Antunes , owner and director of Morretes Notícia , a local daily published in the southern state of Paraná, was targeted in a bomb attack on the night of January 17, Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo (ABRAJI) has reported. According to Antunes, the front door was opened and the bomb was launched towards the stairs that lead to the second floor. Antunes, who is 60 years old, recalls two other attacks, when bombs were set off in front of his house. He says he is... MORE
January 29, 2011

Drug traffickers open fire on TV Globo helicopter in Brazil

Drug traffickers fired shots at a TV Globo helicopter in Rio de Janeiro on January 24, according to Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS). The TV crew was covering a police operation taking place in the favelas (shantytowns) in the Sao Carlos region of Rio de Janeiro, when it came under attack. During the operation, one drug trafficker was killed and three others were injured. The attack forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at Jacarepagua airport. Reporter Karina Borges, operator Roberto... MORE
January 12, 2011

Ombudsman says Brazilian paper hurt itself by taking down parody blog

The ombudsman for the Brazilian daily Folha de S. Paulo said the paper’s case against the Falha de S. Paulo (São Paulo Failure) parody blog was more harmful than the blog itself, according to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The details: [ Link ] “Falha” was taken offline in October, after a court order obtained by Folha. The newspaper argued that the suit was not to meant to censor the blog’s content, but rather to put an end to the use of a logo and domain name "virtually... MORE