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Brazil: Murdered Journalist’s Wife Harassed for Seeking Justice

Brazilian journalist Luiz Carlos Barbon The family of Brazilian journalist Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho is being harassed a year and a half after he was murdered in Porto Ferreira, in the state of São Paulo, in southeastern Brazil. There are concerns that this is linked to their participation in the investigation of the crime perpetrated on him.

After Barbon was murdered on May 5, 2007, their house was attacked and his widow, Kátia Rosa Camargo, received several silent phone calls.

In February 2008, after giving an interview to a national TV station, Kátia received a telephone call telling her to be quiet or she would end up like her husband. On 12 November 2008, Kátia was fired from her job as a secretary at the radio station "Rádio Primavera".

The same day, journalist João dos Reis (known as Jota Reis) was also fired. He had originally been responsible for covering the case as a news reporter at the local radio station "Porto FM", but was first transferred to a musical program and then dismissed.

Kátia and the family's lawyer, Ricardo Ramos, believe that she was fired due to her active promotion of the investigation of the assassination of her husband.

Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho worked for the radio station "Porto FM" and the local newspapers Jornal do Porto and JC Regional before he was shot dead by an unidentified man while in a public place. According to his wife, he had been receiving death treats by telephone and email some weeks before he was killed.

At the time of his death, he was investigating a robbery in which members of local authorities were allegedly involved. Five men – four from the military police – have been detained in connection with his murder.

International organization Article 19, named after Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which fights in favor of freedom of expression, has expressed solidarity with Barbon's family and urged Brazil's investigators to ensure that all those responsible for the crime against him are brought to justice so that the underlying motivation for the murder can be clarified.

Impunity in cases of violence against journalists leads to fear and self-censorship and, unless such crimes are actively investigated and prosecuted, freedom of expression will remain under threat.

Article 19 has also urged the authorities to investigate all aspects of the case with a view to ensuring that no one is at risk simply for demanding justice in this case.

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  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    [quote]joao have been talking to a place in bangladish
    about a yard to build boats could be there next year[/quote]

    Never been to that part of the “Sub Continent”, Forrest. If the Nobel award winner Yunis is willing to finance your project, why not ? But I hear that the “Indians” are more cozy with the “Yanks” than the Pakistanis and Bangladeshis and hence you should do very well in any place on the “Indian Peninsula”. BUT….BUT.., make sure that you do not criticize Islam, while you are in Bangladesh or Pakistan. As I said in many posts of mine, I do not like to mix Business with Religion and Politics.

  • forrest allen brown

    have been shot at there several times
    but we would run them down and kill them offf
    of corse the state department did not like it but
    i dont like them eather .

    and now they have as much as trouble they can handle
    need to place a few killer drones in the air and run to ground
    and kill them where they live .

    like they need to do here in brasil just kill off a few bad guyes and the rest of the cowards would
    run and hide

    joao have been talking to a place in bangladish
    about a yard to build boats could be there next year

  • observer

    An expecting mother sitting in her car is surronded by thieves and is shot up 27 times for refusing to hand over money..luckily the car was bulletproof….getting scary in Brazil too!!!

  • ch.c.

    Joao and Forrest
    Joao
    it is getting wild there in Somalia with the pirates. There is/will be foreign defense ships there protecting the commercial ships.
    Recently they highjacked a Russian cargo having 30 tanks for Kenya !
    Blood will increase by the square root factor if you see what I mean.

    Forrest
    you are right on “kill a nun ….YOU GET ELECTED TO A PUBLIC OFFICE”
    let me give you another one, that happened around 2-3 years ago
    – a public official in a municipality killed someone. He recognized his crime.
    a) he was NOT fired, the municipality said he did nothing wrong against the municipality.
    b) during his trial he was of course free…waiting for the judgment.
    b) he was found guilty but was “pardoned” with no jail term because he had Noooo previous police record !

    So is life in Brazil, when on the other hand they dont hesitate to put petty thieves for long jail terms such as 4 years for a young mom who stole a tube of butter !!!!

    And then referring to another article in this site : Brazilians are highly pretentious on their Brazilian Model.
    They are quite sure….that what they do is very good and should be applied in other emerging nations and even more so in developed nations.
    Just listen or re-read Robin the Crook stinky, sticky, smelly and filthy public statements.
    I bet that Chavez and Lula has some common genes and hidden Grand plans !
    Wether it will work remains to be seen. I have no idea. Hopefully not. But they will try hard !

  • João da Silva

    Forrest
    Off topic Forrest. Did you read the following news? :

    [url]http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27766333/[/url]

    May be the Indian Navy would be happy to subcontract your services!

    BTW, hope our friend “The Guest” was not on one of those hijacked vessels.

  • forrest allen brown

    so what is new about this tale
    some one gets killed trying to get the truth out
    THEY KILL THEM
    NO JAIL FOR THE GUILTY

    kill a nun
    YOU GET ELECTID TO A PUBLIC OFFICE

    kidnad a forgin born child
    THE LAW PROTECTS YOU

    steal a boat
    deport the owner
    sell it to you friend
    CLOSE THE COURT CASE

    BRASIL BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD STILL BE BRASIL

    BUT YOU HAVE THE BRAGING RIGHTS ON EVERY THING
    AS YOU CONTROL THE PRESS
    GO AHEAD ELECTIC LULA AGAIN YOU DESRIVE HIM
    ITIALY DOES NOT WANT HIM

  • ch.c.

    Hmmmmm…. !
    Strange that these type of things are more and more common and regular in Brazil.
    It could be that slowly but surely Brazilian political leaders with the help of the famous Brazilians Courts of INjustice,
    that political leaders chose anyway, are turning the country to a NON DEMOCRACY BANANA REPUBLIC !
    Castro and Chavez style ! Totally manipulated and controlled countries.
    Opposition and enemies must be eliminated one way or the other !

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