Director-General urges investigation into murder of Brazilian Reporter Rodrigo Neto de Faria
The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today voiced concern over the safety of journalists in Brazil and called for an investigation into the killing of Rodrigo Neto de Faria, a crime reporter who was shot dead on 8 March in the state of Mina Gerais.
“I condemn the killing of Rodrigo Neto de Faria,” the Director-General said. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring those responsible to justice. This is an essential step to reinforce public confidence that attacks on journalists will not be tolerated.”
Neto, a crime reporter who worked for Rádio Vangarda AM and the daily newspaper Vale do Aço, was killed as he was entering his car in Ipathinga. He is reported to have received death threats.
Neto is the third journalist to be killed in Brazil this year. They are all remembered in the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12
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