IFJ welcomes UNESCO’s demand to investigate killing of Brazilian journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the demand of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, to investigate the killing of Brazilian journalist Mauricio Campos Rosa.

Bovoka condemned the killing of Campos Rosa in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists”.

On 17 August, Mauricio Campos Rosa, aged 64, was shot five times in the back when he was leaving a friend’s house in the municipality of Santa Luzia, Belo Horizonte, capital of the state of Minas Gerais. The journalist owned and wrote for the local O Grito newspaper for the last twenty years.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its Brazilian affiliate, FENAJ, at the time in condemning the killing.

“The IFJ is urging the local and national authorities to launch an effective investigation to clarify this killing to find the direct perpetrators and the mastermind of this crime. Indifference facing this succession of journalists and media workers´ killings generates a climate of impunity that weakens democracy in Brazil,” said IFJ President Philippe Leruth.

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