Journalists Killed  |  Brazil

Reinaldo Coutinho da Silva

Cachoeiras Jornal

August 29, 1995, in São Gonçalo, Brazil

Coutinho da Silva, owner of the weekly Cachoeiras Jornal in the village of Cachoeiras de Macacu, Rio de Janeiro, was killed by unknown assassins. The assailants fired 14 shots at close range while the journalist sat in his car at a stoplight in the neighboring town of São Gonçalo. A police investigation revealed several possible motives for the killing, all linked to Coutinho da Silva's work. Motives include his investigation of police corruption, which led to the arrest of a group of officers who have been detained after August 7, and his investigation of a local politician's involvement in an environmental scandal, which he was planning to publish at the time of his murder.


Medium: Print

Beats Covered: Corruption

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes


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