The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses concern for the assassination of Brazilian photojournalist Mauricio Campos Rosa.
Campos Rosa, aged 64, was shot five times in the back on the night of Wednesday 17 August 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 was a photojournalist for various media companies in the region and has been published in the newspaper O Grito for the last twenty years.
The Syndicate of Professional Journalists in Minas Gerais, an affiliate of FENAJ – and a member of the IFJ - has condemned the killing and has called for a prompt investigation. ‘Any violence towards a journalist is an attack against the liberty of the press and the right of society to be informed. Each death of a journalist that is not investigated is an encouragement for new crimes. The impunity is unacceptable,’ stated the syndicate.
IFJ President, Philippe Leruth, said, ¨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.¨
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