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December 30, 2010

Brazilian paper sues over satire

The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper has been an example of crusading journalism in Brazil for many decades. Its team of reporters and columnists are famous for the rambunctious and yet lucid way they challenge those in power. But that reputation has soured recently thanks to Folha’s heavy-handed response to two brothers who satirised the paper in a spoof web site, says a Financial Times report. The details: [ Link ] Lino and Mario Bocchini launched a site called Falha de S. Paulo in August to... MORE
December 13, 2010

Brazil: Convicted trafficker alleged to have ordered journalist's murder from inside prison

Radio presenter Francisco Gomes de Medeiros' murder on October 18 in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte was carried out on the orders of a jailed drug trafficker, according to a report in the Diário de Natal daily newspaper on December 3, quoting the local police. Valdir Souza do Nascimento, who was arrested in 2007 and is now serving a sentence for drug trafficking in Alcaçuz prison, ordered accused hit-man João Francisco "O Dão" dos Santos to shoot Gomes because the journalist's... MORE
November 30, 2010

Brazil: One journalist wounded, another’s killer arrested in Rio military operation

A Reuters photographer suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and one of the fugitive murderers of TV Globo reporter Tim Lopes was arrested during a six-day operation by soldiers and elite police units against drug traffickers in the Morro de Alemão complex of favelas in northern Rio de Janeiro that ended on 26 November. The operation against one of the city’s biggest drug trafficking strongholds was aimed at dislodging the headquarters resulting from an alliance between two feared gangs, the... MORE
October 21, 2010

Radio reporter shot dead in Brazil; suspect arrested

Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested a man suspected of killing radio reporter Francisco Gomes de Medeiros in the city of Caicó, state of Rio Grande do Norte, local press reports said. Gomes was shot to death Monday in front of his house. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the arrest and calls on Brazilian authorities to prosecute all those responsible to the full extent of the law. A gunman aboard a motorcycle shot Gomes at least five times around 9 p.m. in the Caicó neighborhood of... MORE
October 19, 2010

Brazil: Local free newspaper owner fatally shot at home

The motive for the fatal shooting of journalist and local free newspaper owner Wanderley dos Reis during an armed intrusion in his home in Ibitinga, in São Paulo state, on the evening of October 16 is still unknown, but the testimony of Moisés Fernandes da Silva, 20, who shared his house and who was present during the intrusion, may still shed light on the case, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). It was Silva who reportedly opened the door when he... MORE
August 12, 2010

Politician, TV host hit each other during show in Brazil

A journalist and a senatorial candidate got into a fight while appearing on a regional television program, trading punches and kicks on the air, Brazilian media reported Wednesday. Former Congressman Joao Correia, who is running for a Senate seat from the Amazonian state of Acre on the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, ticket, was being interviewed Tuesday on TV5 by journalist Demostenes Nascimento when the fight started. Correia became irritated at Nascimento’s line of questioning... MORE
August 12, 2010

Journalist’s convicted murderer openly dealing in drugs in Rio de Janerio

Eliseu Felício de Souza, also known as “O Zeu,” a gang member who has been on the run for the past three years after being convicted for his role in the 2002 murder of TV Globo reporter Tim Lopes, is openly operating as drug dealer in a northern district of Rio de Janeiro, according to a new TV Globo report. He took advantage of a “semi-release” programme to escape. The report broadcast by TV Globo, a national station, shows “O Zeu” armed and selling crack in broad daylight in a slum called... MORE
July 18, 2010

119-year-old Brazilian daily to drop print edition

The Brazilian daily Jornal do Brasil will discontinue its print edition and publish exclusively on the Internet starting September 1, the owner of the 119-year-old newspaper said Wednesday. Based in Rio de Janeiro, the once-influential paper has lost thousands of subscribers in recent years amid turmoil in the editorial offices and serious financial woes. Though it was founded by monarchists unhappy with Brazil's transition from empire to republic, Jornal do Brasil became a champion of human... MORE
March 30, 2010

CPJ hails convictions in 2007 murder of Brazilian journalist

The conviction on Saturday of four men, including three members of the military police, in the 2007 murder of Brazilian journalist Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho is an important step forward in the global campaign to combat impunity in journalists’ murders, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. A court in Sao Paulo sentenced Captain Adelcio Carlos Avelino, Sergeant Edson Luiz Ronceiro—both members of Brazil’s military police—and businessman Carlos Alberto da Costa to 18 years and four... MORE
December 15, 2009

Media owner shot to death in northeastern Brazil

Unidentified assailants shot and killed Brazilian media owner and radio host José Givonaldo Vieira on Monday morning in northeastern Pernambuco state, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local news reports. CPJ called on Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into Vieira’s killing and to promptly bring to justice all those responsible. Three unidentified men in a light-colored compact car intercepted Vieira’s vehicle outside the... MORE