Officers take Brazilian TV journalist's video tape about police corruption

A cameraman for Brazil's TV Globo, William Santos, was tackled by three police officers in the streets of São Paulo on March 11. His video tape with material for SPTV news about police corruption disappeared after the scuffle, during which his camera was confiscated.

Santos had his camera taken from him while he was filming in the street, and it was returned to him later -- without the tape -- at the police station the journalist was taken to, explained the newspaper Jornal de Londrina.

According to the news site G1, the incident will be investigated by military police in the state of São Paulo, by the decision of the Secretary of Public Safety.

The Brazilian Association of Radio and Television broadcasters condemned the incident, suggesting in a statement that "acts like these, with the clear intention of impeding the free exercise of the press, should be rejected and investigated quickly by police authorities."

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.