Brazilian journalist accused of aiding tax fraud suspects

Brazilian journalist Wagner Florêncio Império is being investigated by São Paulo police for allegedly using his position as a reporter to obtain secret information about police investigations and give that information to tax fraud suspects in the city of Taboão da Serra, reported Folha de S. Paulo.

The journalist denies having committed any irregularities while exercising his job.

Império was a veteran reporter of the program "Brasil Urgente," on TV Bandeirantes, but he was fired after the start of the police investigation against him. According to a police report, the journalist was linked to persons within the city's tax collector office.

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.