Director-General calls for justice following the murder of Brazilian journalist Eduardo Carvalho
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the shooting of Brazilian web journalist Eduardo Carvalho last month and urged efforts to improve safety of journalists in the country.
“I condemn the murder of Eduardo Carvalho,” the Director-General said. “It is essential for good governance that journalists be allowed to carry out their professional duty, which is to inform social debate. Those who use violence against the media must be prosecuted in the interest of democracy and rule of law.”
Eduardo Carvalho, owner and editor of the Ultima Hora News website, was gunned down in Campo Grande, the capital of the southwestern state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on 21 November. The 52-year-old retired police officer, who wrote critical articles about local issues, is reported to have escaped a previous attempt on his life. He is also said to have received numerous death threats in recent times.
This murder brings to five the number of journalists killed in Brazil this year. All are remembered on the dedicated UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.