Brazilian journalists injured by explosive devices at protest in Belo Horizonte

  • Source: CPJ
  • March 21, 2022

"Authorities in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state should promptly investigate the recent attacks on journalists covering a police protest, and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

On March 9, during a protest held by striking Minas Gerais police officers in Belo Horizonte, the state capital, unidentified members of that protest threw explosive devices at journalists, according to multiple news reports, Murilo Rocha, state news director for the TV and radio broadcaster Band Minas, who spoke to CPJ in a phone interview, and video of the explosions posted to Band Minas’ Instagram.

The unidentified explosives inflicted temporary hearing damage to Band Minas journalists Laura França and Caio Tárcia, who were covering the protest, Rocha told CPJ."

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