Media boss and radio presenter gunned down in Pernambuco

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reports RSF_en Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas The media owner was aged 40 and was the father of two children, aged 10 and 11 years.The killing bore similarities to that of Jota Cândido, of Radio Comunitaria Alternativa (see release of 6 July 2005), who was also shot dead outside his offices, in Carpina, in Pernambuco state, on 1st July 2005. The journalist, who was a local councillor, had been having a run-in with the mayor over his regular exposes on corruption. December 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media boss and radio presenter gunned down in Pernambuco BrazilAmericas Receive email alerts News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Follow the news on Brazil Reporters Without Borders said today that the murder of radio station owner and presenter José Givonaldo Vieira, shot dead at the door of his offices bore the hallmarks of an “execution”.Two assailants fired five shots from a car at the proprietor of Radio Bezerros who also presented a programme, in Bezerros about 100 kilometres from Recife in the north-east on 14 December. He was hit twice in the head and died on his way to the hospital. He also owned the daily newspaper, Folha do Agreste.Although the murder appeared to be an instigated killing, the father of the victim said that his son had no enemies. However a retired judge and former parliamentarian close to the family, Clóvis Correia, was quoted by the daily O Globo as saying that Givonaldo had been known to rile some local political figures. The programme he presented, “Bezerros Comunidade”, took a critical line towards the local authorities. “There is no evidence yet to link the killing to Givonaldo Vieira’s work activities, but a political motive cannot be ruled out given this media boss’s influence on local life and whose radio programme had a large following”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“The north-east is mired in organised crime and drug trafficking and remains a highly dangerous area for the press. We hope that the personal involvement in this case of the governor of Pernambouc, Eduardo Campos, will mean there will be a swift outcome to the investigation”, it added. News May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin Americalast_img read more

Shortages triggered food cost spike in 2016 – report

first_imgThe increase in food prices experienced last year is expected to persist in 2017.Last year, the domestic basket of food cost increased by 4.2 per cent, reflecting mainly an increase in the prices of vegetables, condiments and spices, and fruit products.Table showing the Consumer Price Index for food prices across three consecutive yearsThe increases were registered as 19.5 per cent, 18.3 per cent and 12.1 per cent respectively, according to Bank of Guyana’s Annual Report 2016.According to the document, the spike in food cost was triggered by agricultural shortages from adverse weather conditions. The rise in food prices contributed to the increase in the inflation rate, which was recorded at 1.4 per cent at the end of 2016.Additionally, there was a marginal increase in the price index of housing by 0.02 per cent due to the rise in fuel and power by 0.2 per cent.On the other hand, the price indexes of clothing, footwear, repairs, furniture, transport and communications as well as the services of education and miscellaneous goods fell by 3.1 per cent, 2.4 per cent, 0.6 per cent, 0.4 per cent, 0.5 per cent and 0.003 per cent respectively.The report noted that the transportation category experienced a smaller decline in personal transport of 4.7 per cent relative to a decline of 10.3 per cent at end of the same period in the previous year.Nonetheless, the report said the economy is projected to grow by 3.8 per cent in 2017.“This forecast is on account of growth in the mining and quarrying sector by 2.7 per cent as a result of a projected expansion in gold declarations by 1.7 per cent. The agriculture sector (including sugar processing and rice milling) is expected to rebound with 2.5 per cent growth as a result of estimated increases in output of rice and other crops by 10.4 per cent and 4.4 per cent respectively. The services sector is expected to grow by 3.0 per cent due to greater activities in financial and insurance, transportation and storage and wholesale and retail trade by 5.8 per cent, 3.9 per cent and 2.7 per cent respectively. The construction industry is expected to grow by 13.5 per cent,” the document stated.Consequently, the inflation rate is forecasted at 2.5 per cent from moderate increases in food and fuel prices.According to the Monthly Economic Bulletin report prepared by the Economic Policy Analysis Unit (EPAU) of the Finance Ministry’s Office of the Budget, inflation in Guyana has tracked inflation in the United States, so rising US inflation may put upward pressure on prices in Guyana, partly as a result of rising prices for US imports.last_img read more