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Radio Reporter the Latest Victim of Violence Against Journalists in Brazil
The killing of Brazilian radio journalist Mafaldo Berreza Goes is the most recent case in a country where murders of journalists have become all too frequent. Freedom House laments his death and calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to justice.
On February 22, Mafaldo Bezerra Goes, 61, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle while walking from his home to the radio station where he hosts a morning show in the city of Jaguaribe. Goes, who frequently condemned the activities of local criminal groups and drug traffickers on his program, had reportedly received multiple death threats in the days and weeks leading up to the attack. According to local reports, police officials have identified the two gunmen and believe they targeted Goes because of his work.
“Brazil has become one of the most dangerous countries in the region for journalists,” said Viviana Giacaman, director for Latin America programs at Freedom House. “Local journalists who report on corruption and crime are the most frequent targets of attacks. The Brazilian government must reform its judicial and law enforcement institutions to bring an end to impunity and enable journalists to carry out the critical task of informing the public without fear of retribution.”
Brazil is rated Free in the Freedom in the World and Freedom on the Net reports, and Partly Free in the Freedom of the Press report. The murder of Goes comes after four journalists were killed in direct relation to their work in 2012.