Attacks on journalists in Brazil deplored

The World cup, may be in full swing, but newspeople still are being attacked in Brazil.

There have been at least 17 attacks on journalists in recent weeks. These attacks were condemned Thursday by the Inter American Press Association, which called on the authorities to investigate and remain vigilant to such acts of violence that restrict the people’s right to receive information.

The protest demonstrations against the Brazilian government for having hosted the World Cup have continued throughout the country. Some 17 journalists were attacked between June 12 and 18 in the various cities where the soccer matches are being held.

Claudio Paolillo, declared, “We condemn and are concerned at the fact that while carrying out their work dozens of journalists have been beaten and restricted from doing their job, in most cases by security forces.” He is chairman of the association’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.

According to the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association in 15 of the cases of attacks military police officers were involved in using excessive force. The Brazilians said that since the beginning of the protests in May 2013 a total of 190 cases of violence against members of the press have been reported.

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, added, “We regret that these aggressive actions are continuing despite measures being adopted by press organizations and official statements ratifying the principle of non-violence against the press.”

In a resolution issued in 2013 by the Human Rights Department of the Brazilian Presidency there is recognition of the importance of the work of the press and a declaration that “Reporters, photographers and other media professionals should enjoy special protection in carrying out their work, any obstacle to their operations is prohibited, particularly through the use of force.”

Shortly before the start of the World Cup press organizations in Brazil issued a manual for journalists with useful recommendations on safety and protection during coverage of the protests.

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