Killing of journalist in Brazil condemned

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Décio Sá

The killing of a Brazilian journalist has been condemned by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Décio Sá, an investigative journalist reporting on politics, corruption and organized crime, was gunned down in a bar in Sao Luis, 23 April.

Spokesman Rupert Colville says the Office is alarmed by his killing, brining the number of journalists murdered in Brazil this year to at least four.

"We condemn his murder and are concerned at what appears to be a disturbing trend of killing journalists that is damaging the exercise of freedom of expression in Brazil. We have long been concerned about the need for Brazilian human rights defenders, including journalists, to be able to conduct their work without fear of intimidation or worse. We welcome the fact that state authorities have committed to conducting a thorough investigation and we call for this and other similar cases to be treated as a major priority so that perpetrators are not emboldened by the prevailing lack of accountability."

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