Photo: Mafaldo Bezerra Goes
The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the murder of journalist Mafaldo Bezerra Goes, host of a radio program on the station FM Rio Jaguaribe, which occurred on February 22 in the city of Jaguaribe, state of Ceará, in Brazil.
The Office of the Special Rapporteur expresses its concern and requests that the authorities conduct a prompt and diligent investigation to establish the motive of the crime, identify and appropriately punish the perpetrators.
According to the information received, on the morning of Friday the 22nd, Bezerra was attacked by two unknown individuals who shot him five times as he left his house to go to the radio station. The journalist had reportedly received several threats which were related to his reports on crimes committed in the area.
The ninth principle of the IACHR Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression states:
“The murder, kidnapping, intimidation of and/or threats to social communicators, as well as the material destruction of communications media violate the fundamental rights of individuals and strongly restrict freedom of expression. It is the duty of the state to prevent and investigate such occurrences, to punish their perpetrators and to ensure that victims receive due compensation.”