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Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Zezinho Cazuza

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2001
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2000 - Motive Confirmed: Zezinho Cazuza, January 2001, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64955123.html [accessed 30 July 2014]
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Rádio Xingó FM
March 13, 2000, in Canindé de Sáo Francisco, Brazil

Cazuza, a journalist with Rádio Xingó FM in Canindé de Sáo Francisco, a municipality in the northeastern state of Sergipe, was shot dead after leaving a party.

Two days later, police arrested José Ferreira Melo, also known as Zé de Adolfo, who confessed to killing Cazuza. Melo told police that the mayor of Canindé, Genivaldo Galindo da Silva, had offered him 3,000 reales (approximately US$1,500) to kill Cazuza, and that he had bought the murder weapon with the 500 reales ($US250) that the mayor paid him as an advance.

Cazuza had persistent criticized the mayor, denouncing his alleged corruption and malfeasance on a daily basis. According to the Brazilian magazine ISTOÉ, Galindo had threatened publicly to kill the journalist.

Medium:Radio
Job:Broadcast Reporter
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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