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Brazilian blogger receives death threats after accusing police official of being part of militia

Antuérpio Pettersen Filho, blogger in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo and editor of digital newspaper Grito Cidadão, received death threats after publishing a report accusing a police official of being part of a militia, reported the blog Vi o Mundo.

Pettersen, who also is president of the Brazilian Association of the Defense of the Individual and Citizenship, said the threats were a result of the story “Julio César: Official Accused of Forming Militia in Espíritu Santo,” which was published on his blog. According to the blogger, the official, Julio César Oliveira Silva was part of the Death Squad — a paramilitary organization from the 1960s — and he allegedly continues to be involved in organized crime today.

The story has had repercussions on social media and blogs, and according to the blog Maria Frô, a complaint has been filed with the ministries of Justice and Human Rights.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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