Police arrested former military police officer Renato Demétrio de Souza, accusing him of the Oct. 30 shooting of José Rubem Pontes de Souza, the editor and president of Entre-Rios Jornal, in Três Rios, Rio de Janeiro. The suspect was recognized by two witnesses and arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 3. He has denied the charges.
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.
Rodolfo Maya Aricape, a renowned leader in the indigenous movement of Caloto (in the department, or state, of Cauca), was shot to death when two armed individuals broke into his home on Oct. 14, 2010, reported the Foundation for Press Freedom (FLIP).
Félix García, a correspondent for several online media outlets and Radio ORO in the southern state of Oaxaca, has reported being attacked by alleged members of the state’s investigative police force, El Universal reports.
A group of journalists demonstrated during a state legislative session in Tlaxcala to demand an investigation into actions taken by the municipal police of Apizaco city against Pedro Morales González, Notimex reports.
The Circle of Paraguayan Judicial Journalists, a group of reporters who cover major court issues, released a statement reporting harassment and intimidation from officials at the country’s top prosecutor’s office who are unhappy with the coverage of several cases.
The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to act on its denunciation of the 1997 killing of Mexican journalists Benjamín Flores González. The newspaper editor's killing remains unpunished.
Gunmen killed the driver of a bus carrying seven journalists who were traveling to cover a campaign appearance by a presidential candidate. One of the reporters was injured when the bus flipped over. Monday's attack occurred when reporters from Port au Prince were driving to Gonaives for an appearance by Jacques Edouard Alexis, one of the leading candidates for the Nov. 28 presidential election. After killing the driver, the attackers stole money and a computer from the reporters, the Associated Press says. Three suspects were later arrested and one was killed in a gunfight, AP adds.
President Juan Manuel Santos revealed that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had been ordered to kill journalist Olga Cecilia Vega, who according to the group had infiltrated the FARC and worked for intelligence agencies from the United States, EFE and RCN Radio reported.
A man identifying himself as the brother of the former state prosecutor of Chihuahua, Patricia González, declared in a video that he and his sister are part of the criminal organization “La Línea,” also known as the Juárez cartel, Milenio reports.