‘A never-ending nightmare’: A son’s decade-long fight for justice for murdered Brazilian sports journalist

  • Source: CPJ
  • April 29, 2022

"On July 5, 2012, Valério Luiz de Oliveira Filho was at home waiting for his father to arrive for lunch when he received a phone call from his stepmother. 'Go to the broadcaster,' she told him through tears, he said. 'Your father has been shot.' His father, Valério Luiz de Oliveira, a well-known sports journalist in the city of Goiânia, the capital of the central Brazilian state of Goiás, had been driving home after finishing his daily broadcast at Rádio Jornal 820 AM when he was shot several times and killed. An investigation by the Goiás state civil police, concluded in February 2013, identified five men as the alleged perpetrators. Among those was alleged mastermind Maurício Borges Sampaio, then the former vice president of local football club Atlético Goianiense, who was accused of ordering the killing in retaliation for Oliveira’s critical reporting. (...) Valério Luiz Filho, a lawyer, is acting as assistant to the prosecution in his father’s case."

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