Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: José Givonaldo Vieira
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2010|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: José Givonaldo Vieira, January 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e649681c.html [accessed 18 December 2013]|
Bezerros FM and Folha do Agreste
December 14, 2009, in Bezerros, Brazil
Three unidentified men in a light-colored compact car intercepted Vieira's vehicle outside the offices of Bezerros FM, a station owned by the journalist, in the city of Bezerros, 70 miles (110 kilometers) from Recife, according to the national daily O Globo.
Witnesses told reporters that one assailant walked up to Vieira's car and shot him three times in the chest and head. Vieira was taken to a local clinic and then transferred to a regional hospital in the nearby city of Cuararu, where he was pronounced dead.
Vieira, 40, hosted the radio program "Bezerros Comunidade," which focused on local social issues, O Globo reported. He also owned the local newspaper Folha do Agreste and a music production company.
Local police were investigating the killing, and authorities offered a reward of 2,000 reals (US$1,200), according to news reports.
Investigators told local reporters that Vieira's murder appeared to be a contract killing. They did not immediately identify a motive.