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UNESCO chief deplores murder of Brazilian radio chief

Publisher UN News Service
Publication Date 24 October 2013
Cite as UN News Service, UNESCO chief deplores murder of Brazilian radio chief, 24 October 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/527260e44.html [accessed 5 December 2016]
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24 October 2013 - The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the murder of radio manager Cláudio Moleiro de Souza in northern Brazil and called for an investigation.

"I trust the authorities will spare no effort in investigating this case, which is essential for the preservation of press freedom and the protection of journalists' right to carry out their professional duties," the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said condemning the killing

Mr. Souza, manager of Rádio Meridional, was shot on 12 October by a lone gunman who entered the radio station in the Brazilian town of Jaru, according to information provided to the UN agency.

One of his colleagues, presenter Alberto Duran Duran, was also shot but survived and his life is apparently not in danger.

Mr. Souza is the sixth Brazilian media professional to be included on UNESCO's dedicated webpage for journalists killed in the line of duty.

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