Brazilian "militia" intimidates newspaper journalists

The Brazilian newspaper Diário do Litoral claimed that its journalists have been intimidated following the publication of a story accusing a beach condominium's security team in the southern coastal city of Guarujá of operating as a "militia," the newspaper stated in a letter released by the website Red on Jan. 2.

According to the newspaper, a "hostile" group of security guards "approached the reporters' car on Perequê Beach, demanding an explanation for the report titled, 'Illegal scheme to restrict beach access in Guarajá,'" reported the website Imprensa.

Moments after the encounter with security guards, an individual who identified himself as a militiaman, called the newsroom twice, warning that he would "take appropriate action" regarding the newspaper's report.

The newspaper's management said it was taking steps to ensure the safety of its journalists.