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Photo Credit: - Photo courtesy Marcel Leal

MANOEL  LEAL DE OLIVEIRA

News Organization: A REGIAO

Died: 1998

Location: BRAZIL

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.