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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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Protesters repeatedly surround home of Peruvian journalist Ketty Vela, throw rocks and shout insults over coverage

Bogotá, April 27, 2022 – Peruvian authorities must ensure that protesters who recently harassed journalist Ketty Vela are identified and held to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. On April 21 and 23, groups of about 50 people surrounded the journalist’s home in the northern town of Tocache, shouted insults at Vela, who…

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Cuban independent journalist Alberto Corzo assaulted after encounter with state security agents

Miami, April 8, 2022 – Cuban authorities should thoroughly investigate the recent attack on journalist Alberto Corzo and swiftly bring those responsible to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On April 1, at approximately 10 a.m., two agents from the Department of State Security, commonly referred to as the political police, stopped Corzo…

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How Venezuela’s government uses private internet providers to restrict access to the news

After seven years of painstakingly building up its audience, Crónica Uno, one of the only high-quality news websites that caters to poor and working-class Venezuelans, was recording up to 15,000 unique page views per day. But after private internet service providers (ISPs) teamed up with Venezuela’s authoritarian government in February to block Crónica Uno and…

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New El Salvador law threatens up to 15 years in prison for reporting on gangs

New York, April 7, 2022 – El Salvador lawmakers should repeal new legislation that criminalizes reporting on gangs, and should allow the press to cover issues of public interest freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. “As journalists and press freedom organizations have feared, Salvadoran authorities are using the country’s state of emergency as…

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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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Guatemalan journalist Juan Luis Font leaves the country after former official accuses him of ‘unlawful association’

Guatemala City, April 6, 2022 — Guatemalan authorities should immediately dismiss criminal proceedings against journalist Juan Luis Font, allow him to work freely without fear of reprisal, and stop using lawsuits to harass members of the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday. In late March 2022, the country’s former communications minister Alejandro Sinibaldi…

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Guatemalan journalist Carlos Choc faces criminal charges after covering protest

Guatemala City, April 1, 2022 — Guatemalan authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against journalist Carlos Ernesto Choc, a correspondent for local news outlet Prensa Comunitaria, and stop using the country’s justice system to harass and silence the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On January 14, a criminal court judge in Puerto…

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Many journalists in exile have to leave the profession. This one saved a local Canadian newspaper

When reporters flee their home countries, many are forced to leave the profession after finding few opportunities in journalism and facing other pressures in exile. CPJ recently spoke with a Pakistani refugee reporter who not only stayed in journalism, but saved a local newspaper in his adopted country, Canada. In 2002, Mohsin Abbas was a…

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