City councilman allegedly tries to strangle Brazilian reporter

Journalist Moreira Neto reports in his blog that Councilman Zé Gomes allegedly attacked him after a June 3 council meeting in the northern city of Paço do Lumiar, Maranhão.

According to Quarto Poder, Gomes reportedly kicked and punched the journalist, damaged his camera, and tried to strangle him.

Neto filed a complaint shortly after and said he is pressing charges against the councilman. On his blog he wrote that he was surprised that such behavior came from an elected official.

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.