Radio journalist shot to death in Brazil 


São Paulo, March 3: Radio journalist Ivanildo Viana was gunned down, while he was travelling up the BR-101 North in Santa Rita, Greater João Pessoa in Brazil on Friday.

According to local reports,three shots had been fired on his back and despite his efforts to escape he was unable to and after he collapsed on the road a final shot was fired on his head, killing him instantly. The police further stated that, after the killers fled, a third man had approached and put Ivanildo foot on the bike in an attempt to modify the crime scene, outwit the authorities and hinder the work of the Forensic Science Institute (CPI).

Viana, 51, had worked on two television shows and three different radio stations before joining 100.5 FM Lider about 20 years ago, his colleague, Jose Antonio Borges, told CPJ. Viana hosted a daily show called “100% You,” which ran from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in which he spoke to callers, played music, and offered opinions on the stories of the day.

“He would run campaigns asking for donations, and he really tried to help people,” said Borges, who has an afternoon show on the station. “He was very popular and much loved.”Borges also told CPJ the journalist had not reported any threats or harassment.

Meanwhile, Committee to Protect Journalists, through a press statement has condemned the attack on Viana, and has urged Brazilian authorities to immediately investigate the murder of Ivanildo Viana, identify the motive, and bring the killers to justice.

Similarly,The Union of Professional Journalists of Paraiba State condemned Viana’s killing and called on police to speed up their investigation. “After three days, the police investigation still has no suspect or motive.”

According to CPJ, Brazil has seen an increase in lethal anti-press violence in recent years. Critical blogger Marcos de Barros Leopoldo Guerra was shot to death in his home on the northern coast of São Paulo state in December. At least 13 journalists have been killed in direct retaliation for their work since 2011.

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