Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Brazil: Newspaper Editor Assassinated in Rio de Janeiro, Murder-for-Hire Suspected

According to EFE, José Roberto Ornelas de Lemos editor of Hora H, a daily serving low-income communities in suburban Rio de Janeiro, was fatally shot and killed on Wednesday (June 12). A professional "hit" is suspected.

Hooded assailants pumped at least 44 bullets into the victim. He also had received various threats in connection with Hora H’s reporting. 

COMMENT: Persistent threats prompted José to purchase a ballistic-resistant vehicle, yet the vehicle was of little use to him as he was shot and killed while meeting with friends at a bakery he often frequented.  

The fatal shots were fired from a vehicle sitting in front of the establishment.

Unfortunately, anyone who is under a serious threat against their life should avoid setting patterns of places they frequently gather at.

Three Brazilian journalists were slain in the first three months of the year, the Switzerland-based Press Emblem Campaign has reported.

The Committee to Protect Journalists rated Brazil as the world’s fourth-most-dangerous country for reporters in 2012.