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Brazilian journalist says city councilor attacked him with rocks in Minas Gerais state

Rio de Janeiro, May 20, 2022 – Authorities in Minas Gerais state must thoroughly investigate the attack on journalist Alexandre Megale and hold the perpetrator to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. In the early afternoon of May 16, journalist Alexandre Megale said he was assaulted and hit with rocks by Paulo Luiz…

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CPJ joins call for Brazilian authorities, electoral candidates to respect press freedom

The Committee to Protect Journalists joined 10 Brazilian and international civil society groups and press freedom organizations in a statement marking World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2022, calling for Brazilian authorities and candidates in upcoming elections to respect the role of a free press and ensure journalists can work safely. The statement notes…

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CPJ condemns additional trial delay for the alleged killers of Brazilian journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira

Rio de Janeiro, May 2, 2022 – The Committee to Protect Journalists on Monday expressed disappointment in response to news reports that a court in Brazil again postponed the jury trial of five men charged with the 2012 murder of well-known Brazilian sports journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira. The trial was delayed after the lawyers…

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‘Um pesadelo que não acaba’: A luta de um filho, ao longo de uma década, na busca por justiça pelo assassinato do jornalista esportivo Valério Luiz de Oliveira

No dia 05 de julho de 2012, Valério Luiz de Oliveira Filho estava em casa esperando seu pai chegar para almoçar quando recebeu um telefonema de sua madrasta. “Vai pra rádio”, ela disse em prantos, segundo ele. “Seu pai tomou um tiro.” Seu pai, Valério Luiz de Oliveira, um conhecido jornalista esportivo na cidade de…

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‘A never-ending nightmare’: A son’s decade-long fight for justice for murdered Brazilian sports journalist Valério Luiz de Oliveira

On July 5, 2012, Valério Luiz de Oliveira Filho was at home waiting for his father to arrive for lunch when he received a phone call from his stepmother. “Go to the broadcaster,” she told him through tears, he said. “Your father has been shot.” His father, Valério Luiz de Oliveira, a well-known sports journalist…

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Brazilian police called after journalists seek comment from British mining company

Rio de Janeiro, April 6, 2022 – The Brazil Iron mining company must respect journalists’ right to report on issues of public interest, and should not threaten members of the press with arrest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On March 28, an employee of the Brazilian subsidiary of Britain’s Brazil Iron in the…

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Brazilian journalists injured by explosive devices at police protest

Rio de Janeiro, March 18, 2022 – Authorities in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state should promptly investigate the recent attacks on journalists covering a police protest, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On March 9, during a protest held by striking Minas Gerais police officers in Belo Horizonte, the…

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Attorney general in Brazil files criminal defamation complaint against journalist Thiago Herdy

Rio de Janeiro, February 23, 2022 – Authorities in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state should not pursue criminal defamation charges against journalist Thiago Herdy, and should refrain from criminally investigating journalists in retaliation for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On February 16, Minas Gerais state Attorney General Jarbas Soares Júnior filed a…

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Pirambu News founder Givanildo Oliveira shot dead in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, February 11, 2022 – Brazilian authorities must promptly and thoroughly investigate the killing of Givanildo Oliveira and determine if the crime was in retaliation to his work as a community journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On the night of Monday, February 7, Oliveira, founder and journalist of news website…

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Brazilian news crews attacked while covering death in police clash with gang

Rio de Janeiro, February 7, 2022 – Brazilian authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the assaults of employees at two broadcasters in Bahia state, and ensure that journalists covering crime and security can work safely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. At about 11 a.m. on February 1, two men fired warning shots at…

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