Third journalist in 15 days is killed in Brazil

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  • November 1, 2010

By Maira Magro

Newspaper editor José Rubem Pontes de Souza, was shot to death early Saturday in front of a bar in Paraíba do Sul, in Rio de Janeiro state, O Globo newspaper reports. The other two Brazilian colleagues shot to death in 15 days are Wanderlei dos Reis in São Paulo state, and Francisco Gomes de Medeiros, whose killing in Rio Grande do Norte has been linked to his work as an investigative reporter.

Souza, 39, was editor and president of Entre-Rios Jornal, in the city of Três Rios. Police say Souza he was leaving a party when he was shot by a man who fled, and they confirmed that he was victim of an execution, O Globo says. However, police were still looking for leads, and residents of the city were afraid to speak about the case, the newspaper adds.

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.