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RAN 21/12 25 April 2012

The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International is appalled by the news of the murder on 23 April 2012 of Brazilian journalist Décio Sá. Sá was a reporter for local newspaper O Estado do Maranhão and blogged at Blog do Décio. He was shot to death by an unidentified man in what appears to have been a contract killing in a bar in the city of Sao Luis, north-eastern Brazil. PEN calls on the Brazilian authorities to carry out a thorough investigation into the journalist’s murder.

Forty-two year old Décio Sá reported on politics and crime. On the day he was murdered he had gone to eat at a local bar. According to reports, he received a phone call at the bar, went outside to answer it, and was gunned down by his killer when he returned. Sá was shot 6 times in the head and back. His killer made no attempt to avoid being recognized and escaped on a motorbike.

According to colleagues at O Estado do Maranhão, Sá’s reporting, both for his newspaper and in his blog, had made him several enemies. His blog was one of the most popular in Maranhão. The police are reportedly investigating whether Sá’s murder is connected to an article he wrote about a local politician who was implicated in a prostitution ring and in the murder of a student.

Décio Sá is the third journalist to be murdered in Brazil in 2012. In February Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues and Mario Randolpho Marques Lopes were killed in separate incidents. No-one has been arrested for these murders.

Sá had been a reporter for 17 years. He leaves a widow and an eight-year-old daughter.

To read more about the murder, see: Décio Sá (Portuguese)

In the last 2 years, 8 print journalist have been murdered in Brazil. To read more, please see:

Valério Nascimento (shot dead in May 2011);

Auro Ida (shot dead in July 2011).

Please send appeals:

Protesting the murder Décio Sá;
Noting that eight print journalists have been murdered in the space of two years;
Calling on the Brazilian authorities to carry out a full and impartial investigation into the killing as a matter of urgency, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
Appeals to:

Federal Minister of Justice
Exmo. Ministro
Sr. José Eduardo Cardozo
Ministério da Justiça
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco “T”, 70712-902 – Brasília/DF Brasil
Fax: + 55 61 3322 6817/ 3224 3398
Electronic messages can be send via the Minister’s website
Salutation: Dear Minister

Federal Human Rights Secretary
Secretaria Especial de Direitos Humanos
Exmo. Secretário Especial
Sra. Maria do Rosário Nunes
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco “T” – 4º andar, 70064-900 Brasília/DF – Brasil
Fax: + 55 61 3226 7980
Salutation: Dear Secretary

Please also send copies of your appeals to the Brazilian Embassy in your country. Details of some Brazilian embassies can be found here: http://www.worldembassyinformation.com/brazil-embassy/index.html

***Please send appeals immediately. Check with International PEN if sending appeals after 30 June 2012.***

For further details please contact Cathal Sheerin at the Writers in Prison Committee London Office: PEN International, Brownlow House, 50-51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER Tel: +44 (0) 207 405 0338 Fax +44 (0) 207 405 0339 email: cathal.sheerin@pen-international.org

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