Brazilian journalist on trial for his book over military regime

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  • February 4, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

A former member of the secret police during the dictatorship has brought charges against Luiz Claudio Cunha for "moral harm" after being mentioned in the journalist’s book Operation Condor: The kidnapping of the UruguayansEFE reports (Spanish).

The book has won several awards in Brazil and abroad for its account of a kidnapping incident in 1978 during Operation Condor, a repressive military campaign in the 1970s involving several South American governments, ANSA explains.

According to the officer, who was convicted in 1980, the book failed to mention that he was acquitted in 1983 for “lack of evidence,” Portal Imprensa adds.

See coverage of the trial in Portuguese.

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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