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Photo Credit: Courtesy Rádio Vanguarda

RODRIGO  NETO

*This journalist is a candidate for addition to the memorial.

News Organization: RADIO VANGUARDIA

Died: 2013

Location: BRAZIL

Crime reporter and radio host Rodrigo Neto refused to share details of his work with his family out of concern for their safety. He aggressively covered police corruption and was working on a book about suspected police involvement in a local murder when two men on a motorcycle gunned him down as he left a restaurant in southeastern Brazil. Neto was 38. A colleague said, “Those who thought they were silencing Rodrigo Neto are going to realize that, on the contrary, they have given birth to a Rodrigo Neto inside each one of us.” Several police officers were arrested in connection with Neto’s death. However, Brazil has one of the world’s worst records for prosecuting the killers of journalists.