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Journalists Killed in 1995 - Motive Confirmed: Reinaldo Coutinho da Silva

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1996
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1995 - Motive Confirmed: Reinaldo Coutinho da Silva, January 1996, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6494e8c.html [accessed 19 December 2014]
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Cachoeiras Jornal
August 29, 1995, in São Gonçalo, Brazil

Coutinho da Silva, owner of the weekly Cachoeiras Jornal in the village of Cachoeiras de Macacu, Rio de Janeiro, was killed by unknown assassins. The assailants fired 14 shots at close range while the journalist sat in his car at a stoplight in the neighboring town of São Gonçalo. A police investigation revealed several possible motives for the killing, all linked to Coutinho da Silva's work. Motives include his investigation of police corruption, which led to the arrest of a group of officers who have been detained after August 7, and his investigation of a local politician's involvement in an environmental scandal, which he was planning to publish at the time of his murder.

Medium:Print
Beats Covered:Corruption
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Government Officials
Impunity:Yes
Taken Captive:No
Tortured:No
Threatened:Yes

 

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