Second journalist murdered in Rio de Janeiro state in less than a month

first_img June 21, 2019 Second journalist murdered in Rio de Janeiro state in less than a month Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Barros, 31, was gunned down in cold blood on a street in Maricá on the evening of 18 June. Two individuals approached him as he was about to get into his car and fatally shot him three times. BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionViolence Reports “The perpetrators and instigators of Romário da Silva Barros’s murder must be identified and brought to justice without delay,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “His murder is an attack on free speech and all journalists in the region. They are extremely vulnerable and are working in a particularly dangerous environment that fosters self-censorship. Following these two murders, the authorities in Maricá must take urgent measures to step up protection for journalists.” According to federal government figures, Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s deadliest state for journalists. Of the 64 murders of journalists in Brazil since 1998, no fewer than 13 have taken place in Rio de Janeiro state, more than in any other. Follow the news on Brazil Barros was the founder and owner of Lei Seca Maricá, a website on which he reported local news, especially crime stories. The Rio de Janeiro state police say they think his murder could have been premeditated and politically motivated. Brazil is ranked 105th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2018. April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the vulnerability of journalists in Rio de Janeiro state after local news website editor and reporter Romário da Silva Barros this week became the second journalist to be murdered in the space of a month in Maricá, a coastal city just to the east of the city of Rio de Janeiro. BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionViolence News to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF calls on the authorities to reinforce protection for journalists as a matter of the utmost urgency. His murder came less than a month after Robson Giorno, the owner of Jornal O Maricá, an online newspaper covering local news and politics, was gunned down in an ambush outside his Maricá home on the night of 25 May. News April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img


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