Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Confirmed: José Carlos Araújo
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2005|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Confirmed: José Carlos Araújo, January 2005, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6495b520.html [accessed 31 August 2015]|
Rádio Timbaúba FM
April 24, 2004, in Timbaúba, Brazil
Radio host Araújo was killed in the town of Timbaúba, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from the state capital of Recife in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. Two unidentified gunmen ambushed and shot Araújo around 7:30 p.m. outside his home in Timbaúba, according to local news reports. None of the journalist's belongings were stolen.
The 37-year old Araújo hosted the call-in talk show "José Carlos Entrevista" (José Carlos Interviewing) at Rádio Timbaúba FM. Citing police sources, the Recife-based daily Diário de Pernambuco said that Araújo had made several enemies in Timbaúba after denouncing the existence of death squads run by criminal gangs and the involvement of well-known local figures in murders in the region.
According to the Recife daily Folha de Pernambuco, on April 28, police captured Elton Jonas Gonçalves de Oliveira, one of the suspected assassins, who confessed to killing Araújo because the journalist had accused him on the air of being a criminal. Folha de Pernambuco quoted Timbaúba's police chief as saying that Gonçalves claimed that he did not commit all the crimes the journalist accused him of and resented Araújo for giving him a bad reputation.
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Crime, Human Rights|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Criminal Group|