Violence against Brazil’s journalists is increasing, especially outside the big cities. The largely lawless border with Paraguay – one of the main drugs and weapons smuggling routes – is particularly dangerous. According to the International Press institute, Brazilian journalists are now being killed at a faster rate than at any time since 1997. Killings are often well-planned executions, carried out on behalf of organized gangs; sometimes, former public officials are implicated. Most of the victims wrote about organised crime or political corruption. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, in the last 20 years, more than 70% of these murders have gone unpunished.
Brazil’s lawmakers are considering a bill that, if passed, would make attacks on journalists a federal crime.
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