Brazilian radio director and producer Jose Givonaldo Vieira was killed by unidentified gunmen on 14 December in Bezerros, in northeastern Pernambuco state, according to reports.
Vieira owned the newspaper Folha do Agreste and hosted a cultural program on Rádio Bezerros FM, a station operated by the paper, media reports said.
Three men intercepted Vieira’s car as he arrived for work at the radio station. One of the men got out and approached Vieira and when the journalist rolled down his window to offer assistance, he was shot in the chest and neck. He was brought to hospital but succumbed to his injuries, local news outlets reported.
In addition to the newspaper and radio station, Vieira reportedly also owned a hotel and a well-known band, Caubóis do Nordeste. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Police, who suspect that the broadcaster was targeted by hired assassins, are currently investigating the case and are offering a cash reward for any information on the crime, according to local reports.
State Governor Eduardo Campos, who attended Vieira’s funeral, has called for a thorough investigation, and said that the case will not be closed until the murderers have been found.
“Our sincere condolences go out to Mr. Vieira’s family and colleagues,” said IPI Deputy Director Alison Bethel-McKenzie. “We welcome the governor’s call for a thorough investigation. It is of the utmost importance that the authorities pursue and bring to justice those responsible for this terrible crime.”
In another deadly attack against a journalist in Latin America this week, the pregnant daughter of Honduran television commentator Karol Cabrera was killed on Tuesday when two motorcycle gunmen attacked her mother’s car, news sources reported.
Sixteen-year old Catherine Nicolle Rodríguez was driving her mother’s car in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa when she was shot dead by two men on a motorcycle. Two passengers travelling with her were injured. The girl, who was eight months pregnant, died in the hospital. Doctors managed to save her son, according to media reports.
Cabrera is known to have backed the government brought to power in the June coup, according to the Associated Press. She is the host of news and commentary programs both on Canal 54 and Canal 8, and on radio station Radio Cadena Voces, according to a press release from the Inter American Press Association (IAPA).
Interim President Roberto Micheletti has blamed members of the movement that opposes his government, but the National Resistance Front against the Coup has denied involvement, according to an AP report.
Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America.