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Radio reporter shot to death in Brazil after receiving threatening phone calls



Brazilian journalist Laécio de Souza was shot to death the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 3, in the metropolitan area of Salvador, the capital city of the state of Bahia, reported G1. Police said the radio reporter had received threats on his cell phone minutes before he was killed, according to the news site Itaberaba Notícias.

Witnesses said two men shot the journalist while he worked to construct a storage facility for the local community on his property, according to Agência Estado. Souza was shot three times and died on the spot.

Police have not released a motive for the crime, but initial findings indicate that local drug traffickers were upset with the journalist's plans to construct a social project on his land, reported the newspaper A Tarde.

Souza was a local news reporter for the radio station Sucesso FM, and he aimed to run for city council, according to Correio 24 Horas.



2 comments

 
Habitual traffic offender wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Habitual traffic offender

Journalist killings is rampantly increasingly where ever country you go. So, this may not be surprising to know and we all just hope that the person(s) behind this crime will be punished soon. And this might give a lesson to other journalists that when they can received phone threats they will be more careful to avoid unwanted happening.

 
personalised items wrote 2 years 15 weeks ago

Radio reporter shot to death in Brazil after receiving...

Natalia,

What a tragic way to start the year 2012. I wonder how these people find reason to take away lives. I come from the Philippines and there have been similar instances where media personalities have been subjected to merciless killings. I hope that these senseless killings will be put to an end and everybody finds it in their heart to live in a safer world. I hope that these killers will be caught soon and justice will be served.

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