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Reuters photographer is wounded covering shootouts in Rio de Janeiro

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  • November 26, 2010

By Maira Magro

Brazilian photojournalist Paulo Whitaker, who works for the Reuters news agency, was shot in the left shoulder Friday (Nov. 26) while covering the third day of gun battles in Rio de Janeiro, The Guardian reports. His injury was not life-threatening, and he was recovering quickly, Reuters says.

Whitaker was wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet during the third day of shootouts between police and drug traffickers in a zone of shantytowns in Rio's North Zone. At least 49 people have been killed in the shootings.

About 800 troops were taking part in a massive police offensive on Friday, the Associated Press says. See more information in English about the unrest in Rio, and details in Portuguese in this Knight Center post.

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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