Director-General condemns murder of Brazilian journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the murder of Brazilian radio and television journalist Luciano Leitão Pedrosa on 10 April. Pedrosa presented the Ação e Cidadania (Action and Citizenship) programme on TV Vitória. He also reported for the FM radio station Metropolitana.
“Journalists must be free to work without fear. The public debate to which they contribute lies at the heart of democratic governance. The murder of Luciano Leitão Pedrosa is a direct attack against this debate, and against the basic human right of freedom of expression. I condemn this killing, which must not go unpunished,” said the Director-General.
According to press reports quoted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Luciano Leitão Pedrosa, 46, was shot in a restaurant in Vitória de Santo Antão in northeastern Pernambuco state. He was known for his critical coverage of local authorities and criminal groups and allegedly received frequent threats.
The CPJ reports that the shooting is the second such attack on a journalist in Brazil this year. The blogger Ricardo Gama was seriously wounded in late March when he was shot by an unidentified gunman in Rio de Janeiro.