Photo Credit: - Photo courtesy Marcel Leal
MANOEL LEAL DE OLIVEIRA
News Organization: A REGIAO
Shot six times on Jan. 14 by two men after he got out of his car near his home in the town of Itabuna. According to police, three men in a white van had been waiting for him outside his home. He was publisher and editor of the largest weekly in southern Bahia state and known for his critical reporting on local authorities, including the chief of police and mayor. He was 62. In September 2009, Bahia announced it will give the journalist's family about US$56,000 as compensation, as recommended by outside groups because the state failed to guarantee the journalist's safety or properly investigate the murder.