Brazilians pay tribute to journalist Tim Lopes nine years after his killing

Youths from the slum German Complex in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro paid tribute to assassinated journalist Tim Lopes on Thursday, June 2, nine years after the reporter was killed in that same region, according to G1.

In June 2002, Tim Lopes was brutally tortured and killed by drug traffickers while reporting on the sexual exploitation of children at dances in Vila Cruzeiro. In December 2010, police arrested one of the two suspects convicted of the crime.

The case mobilized the Brazilian press over the dangers journalists face when covering areas of risk and inspired debate about the practice of journalism in Brazil, culminating in the creation of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji in Portuguese) in December of that year.

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.