first_img RSF_en July 28, 2020 – Updated on July 29, 2020 Brazil: Manaus TV anchor ambushed, threatened to go further Organisation News “We urge the authorities to conduct an exhaustive and transparent investigation in this attack in order to identify not only the perpetrators but also those who may have instigated it,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “We remind the Brazilian state of its obligation to protect journalists, who are often the targets of violence in Brazil.” Braga was ambushed on the evening of 23 July on his way home from the headquarters of the Diário de Comunicação media group, where he hosts Record News TV’s “Amazonas Diário” programme. As he drove down one of the city’s biggest avenues at around 9 p.m., his car was rammed by another vehicle, from with two men got out and proceeded to punch and threaten him. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Brazilian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into a physical attack on Alex Mendes Braga, a TV news anchor in Manaus, the capital of the northern state of Amazonas, and to provide him with protection. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Brazil is ranked 107th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information AmericasBrazil Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more In his news broadcasts, Braga often makes cutting comments about irregularities being reported in the state administration, and he recently mentioned a federal police investigation into possible fraud and overbilling for hospital equipment that had been ordered to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. April 15, 2021 Find out more News Braga reported that, in the course of threatening him, one of his attackers said: “You tell too many stories during your programme.” This reinforces the hypothesis that the attack was a reprisal for his work as a news anchor, possibly for one of his latest revelations. Cameraman Laurismar Ribeiro Sampaio Filho, who was with him in the car, confirmed that the assailants threatened Braga. Follow the news on Brazil AmericasBrazil Protecting journalists Conflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence News Receive email alerts Reportslast_img

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