Broadcaster, photog killings draw protest from industry

The murder of two journalists last weekend in Brazil and Peru brought a sharp protest from the Inter American Press Association.

Killed in Brazil Feb. 22 was Mafaldo Bezerra Goes, host of a program broadcast on Radio Jaguaribe FM in the town of Jaguaribe, some 180 miles from Fortaleza city in the northeastern state of Ceará.

Goes, 61, at 8 a.m. that day was walking to the radio station when he was fatally shot five times – twice in the head and three times in the chest – by two assailants on a motorcycle.

According to local media and preliminary investigations by the police, in which it was learned that he had been threatened, his murder could have been linked to what he broadcast on his program, in which he used to expose corruption.

In Peru, Luis Choy, news photographer with the Lima newspaper El Comercio, was killed. The paper reported that at 3:40 p.m. Feb, 23 Choy was leaving his home in a pickup truck when he noticed a man waiting for him on the street. Choy, 34, got out his vehicle and was believed to have exchanged words with the man, who shot him twice, once in the head and once in the chest, according to a witness.

The Peruvian police, who began special investigations into the case, ruled out robbery as the motive for the crime and said they were looking into several theories.

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