26.01.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Director-General condemns killing of Brazilian radio manager Renato Machado Gonçalves

Paris, 25 January—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova voiced concern over the killing of Renato Machado Gonçalves, manager and co-owner of Radio Barra FM in Brazil’s state of Rio de Janeiro on 08 January.

“I condemn the killing of Renato Machado Gonçalves,” the Director-General said. “I invite the authorities to investigate this crime and bring the culprits to justice. Providing media workers with a reasonably safe working environment, in which crimes against journalists do not go unpunished is indispensable for sustaining independent and pluralistic media.

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