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Investigative Web Editor/Journalist Murdered - CPJ emails Eurofora+ Police finds 1 Suspect

Written by ACM
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
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*Strasbourg/Angelo Marcopolo/- An investigative News Website Editor, Journalist Joao Miranda do Carmo, aged 54, was Murdered in Cold-with 7 Bullet Shots fired at his chest by 3 or 4 Thugs who slyly attacked him at his Family Home doorstep, where they came and fled with a Car, last Sunday, July 24, but the Police has just Found and Arrested one of the Culprits, it was anounced Today, (See Infra).

 
New York - based "Committee to Protect Journalists" e-mailed "Eurofora" and other Media as well as Human Rights activists, asking National Authorities to "conduct a thorough and Timely Investigation into the Murder of (the) Journalist", "establish the Motive for his Killing, and Bring all those Responsible to Justice".

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The Union of Professional Journalists in Goias region, and the National Federation of Journalists in Brasil, reportedly issued similar Statements for the Killed Website News Editor, who was expected to become also a pre-Candidate for Next Year's Local Elections of a Municipal Councillor. 

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Do Carmo had previously Worked for 15 Years at his Local Municipality of Santo Antonio do Descoberto (Saint Antony the Discovered), before Creating his own News Website named "S.A.D. UnCensored" (withOut Censorship), 4 Years ago.

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The Murdered Man's Wife reportedly explained that "her Husband Worked with Recycling, but, in Parallel, Denounced what he Found Wrong in the City", by Publishing in his News Website, "that he had Created on 2013".


According to Local Press reports, already before some years, he had fallen Victim of an Arson Attack against his Car, while, recently, he had Started to receive even "Death Threats", particularly after the On-Line Publication of his 2 or 3 Latest Articles, as well as various Messages in Social Media.


His Latest NewsReports included a virulent Denunciation of the Local Mayor's practices, particularly on unpaid workers and unfulfilled pre-electoral promisses, as well as a Collective Fraud in Local Elections discovered by a Prosecutor in the case of at least 55 Persons. Two ordinary Crimes, including the Killings of 2 Persons, were added, concerning an armed Car Theft, where 1 culprit was shot back by the Police; and a suspected Drug Trafficking-related Murder of a Young Girl.

 

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As do Carmo had explained, his News Website was initialy destinated to publish "News, Opinions and Public Debates on Political Issues affecting the People", (i.e. something not so far away from "Eurofora"s initial aim, mutatis-mutandis). In this case, it included, particularly, "information on what happens in (that) Municipality and Region, ...which reveals the importance and the main points of the Policies" practiced in that area. But he also reportedly Focused on Criticising the current Municipal Authorities.


Several People, (including from the Catholic University of Brasil, etc), expressed their Sorrow and Condoleances to the Family of the Victim at a Special Web link for that purpose, (placed under the Heading  : from "Mourning" to "Nostalgia"), also Asking for an efficient "Investigation", and for "Justice to be done".

 

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Despite the Fact that, as CPJ 's deputy Executive Director Rob Mahoney notes, "More Journalists were Killed, for their Work, Last Year in Brazil than in any other Country in the Americas", nevertheless, the National Authorities, apparently, did Not let this Murder case be Banalized and Pushed aside, Nor Forgotten, but seem to have Started to Take a quite Efficient Action, Fast enough :


While reportedly still Investigating whether that Murder's real "Motivation" was related with the Journalist's "Work or Politics", the current Brazilian Authorities have just Succeeded to Find and immediately Arrest, in only 2 Days Time, at least one member among those Killers' Gang, who had Drived in his Car the Murderer, and holds a Job in the Local Municipality as Civil Servant.


In Comparison, Turkey's Authorities have Not Yet Found Anyone among those Responsible for a Similar Cold-Blood Murder of Dissident Turkish Cypriot Journalist Kutlu Adali, who was also Shot at his Family Home doorstep, in the Occupied Territories of Cyprus, not even almost .. . 20 Years after the Crime (1997-2016), despite a Crystal-clear Condamnation of Ankara by the ECHR in Strasbourg, following also a relevant Intervention of CPJ, (See our related Publications, both at "Cyprus Weekly", initialy, and at "Eurofora", afterwards)...


"Eurofora" naturally Joins the above-mentioned Demands for a full and efficient Investigation, so that all those Responsible for the Murder can be Found and Punished, as well as the Expressions of sincere Condoleances to the Family, Wife and Children, of the Victim, active Member of our World-wide Community of On-line Media Editors and Journalists.

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    An "Eugenic" loophole Amendment, which might expose to Dangers reminiscent of "3rd Reich's" notorious Genetic Abuses, hidden at the last minute inside an otherwise Good, larger Health policy Package scheduled to be voted on Thursday, was strongly denounced by a coalition of MEPs from various Political Groups and Countries, in a Press Conference held this afternoon at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    Mainly calling to "Select Human Embryos", via "Genetic Counselling" and "pre-implantation" Techniques including "Genetic Tests", in order to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", it might open ways to Dangerous Practices in Future, they denounced in substance.

    But they also made it clear that a much larger Report inside which this Controversial Amendment "No 15" was added in dubious circumstances, officialy destinated to struggle against "Rare Diseases", and drafted by Professor Antonios Trakatellis, was otherwise "an Excellent Report", aiming at a "completely Uncontroversial target" of Health policy on which "all MEPs and Experts are united, believing that Europe should act" to protect People's Health (See "EuroFora"'s earlier News).

    The controversy came at a particularly delicate moment for the EU in relation to Citizens, at the eve of June 2009 EU Elections, and shortly before Ireland re-votes for "Lisbon Treaty"..    

- Denouncing risks of "an Eugenic demand, very similar to what we had during the 3rd Reich in Germany, but now coming from some Scientisists themselves", German ChristianDemocrat/EPP MEP Dr. Peter Liese stressed that critical MEPs were against "Eugenic" engineering with "Selection of Human Embryos", and anything which might ultimately lead up to to a "Selection of Human Race". It doesn't help to "eradicate" Human Lives, he added.


    Several Experts and NGOs expressed "Deep Concern", as f;ex. DR M.C. Cornel of the "European Society of Human Genetics", which stressed, on this occasion, that "the importance of Non-Directiveness in Reproductive issues is a Central characteristic of Human Genetics, after the Atrocities committed in the name of Genetics in the first half or the 20th Century".

     - "This is completely Unacceptable", stressed Italian Liberal MEP Vittorio Prodi, on the Controversial Amendment, also because pushes to "eliminate early Human Life", as he noted.

     - "This opens a Dangerous Road, rather a Motorway", denounced Danish MEP Mrs Margrette Auken, from the "Greens", observing that various similar attempts were made in the Past "not only in Germany, but also in several other Countries, "even at the 1970ies", "f.ex. on forced Sterilisation of Roma" People, and other criticisable situations f.ex. in the UK, in Sweden, etc. as she said.

    + Other NGOs, as f.ex. "LebenHilfe" from Berlin, added that, among various other Risks, could also be that, by exploiting the pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics and the Selection of "healthy" Embryos, some may "propagate" several "Eugenic" aims, starting f.ex. by pushing to eradicate Human Livies which might "Cost too much" to preserve, ultimately exposing to dangers reminiscent of the "3rd Reich"'s atrocious abuses.

    In consequence, ChristianDemocrats/EPP and "Green" MEPs "decided by Majority to vote against" this Controversial Amendment, anounced to Journalists the 5 MEPs who participated in the Press Conference, representing a wide spectrum, from Liberals to "Greens" and ChristianDemocrats, and from Hungary, Italy, Germany and Danemark up to Ireland (Gay Mitchell), etc.
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    Hungarian ChristianDemocrat MEP Laszlo Surjan said "that it was "Suddenly, at the End of the Procedure" in Committee, that "appeared this (Controversial) Amendment, which has nothing to do" with the main purpose of the Report, on which all agreed.

    He denounced an "Unhonest" move, and called to "avoid this kind of unacceptable situations". Nobody should "Select People", Surjan stressed.

    - "We (MEPs) had No Chance to Discuss" this last-minute Amendment earlier added at a Committee's level, said German MEP Peter Liese

    Speaking to "EuroFora", Dr. Liese, the Spokesman of the ChristianDemocrat/EPP Group in EU Parliament, said that MEPs didn't oppose other references of the Report f.ex. on "Genetic Tests", because they were "no proposals" to impose them, while, on the contrary, there was "a Problem" if anyone attempted to "impose" f.ex. this or that Genetic Technique and "Genetic Counselling", etc. to the People on human reproduction.
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The precise Text :
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    Controversial parts of Amendment No 15 ask mainly "to lead finally to the Eradication" of "Hereditary" "rare diseases", "through Genetic Counselling .., and ..pre-Implantation Selection of healthy Embryos".

    But  EU Rapporteur Professor Trakatellis, said to "EuroFora" that fears should be alleviated by Guarantees that all this should be done only "where appropriate", when it's "not contrary to existing National Law", and "always on a Voluntary basis", according to other Parts of the Amendment.

    He stressed that the main aim was to allow "a free and informed choice of persons involved", without imposing them anything :  - "It's not an obligatory, but advisary" text, he said.

    To make that point clear, he was ready, in agreement with many MEPs, to eventually drop at least that part of the controversial Amendment which initially called for "efforts to ..lead finally to the Eradication of those rare diseases" "which are Hereditary".

    But, until late Wednesday evening, reportedly together with many other MEPs, he stood by all the rest of the controversial Amendment, (fex. on the "Genetic Counselling" and the "pre-implantation Selection of healthy Embryos"), so that critical MEPs, going from ChristianDemocrats as Dr. Liese, to "Greens" or "Ind/Dem", observed to "EuroFora" that "this was not enough" to close the dangerous loophole.

    Particularly since, as Professor Trakatellis noted himself, "this is already allowed to the U.K.", and "other National Legislations would probably follow, sooner or later" in a similar direction. As for a general call to "Eradicate Hereditary rare Diseases", this "should happen, at any case, in practice, de facto", to protect public Health.

    On the contrary, "our goal should be to help patients suffering from rare diseases, not to eradicate the patients. In case of genetic disease risk, the decision should not be guided by scenarios" made by politicians. "Perents who may decide to accept a child, even if handicapped or with genetic disease, must be respected and supported with solidarity", critical MEPs stated.

    - "Any Pressure" to "a patient or couple (who "should be able to make an informed choice consistent with their own values"),"from health Professionals, Public Health Policies or Governemental Institutions, or Society at large, should be avoided", stresses the "European Society for Human Genetics".

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Each MEP's vote will be registered !

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The Socialist Group requested a "Split vote" on the Amendment 15, first without, and afterwards with the words "lead finally to the Eradication" etc.


    But the first "split vote" leaves intact all the other parts of the Controversial Amendment, (i.e. "Genetic Counselling", "Selection of healthy Embryos", etc).

    That's why, 3 Groups of MEPs : ChristianDemocrats/EPP, "Greens/EFA", and "Ind/Dem", have asked for "Roll Call Votes", on everything regarding the Controversial Amendment No 15, and on the final outcome of the resulting Report as amended, which will register all the individual positions to be taken by each MEP.   

Something which will obviously make each MEP think twice before voting for one or another choice, to be sure that he/she will make the right choice in front of EU Citizens, particularly at these pre-Election times...


    Crucial Votes were scheduled between 12 Noon and 1 p.m. local Strasbourg time, in the middle of a long series of various other Reports, and after a long Public Debate on the larger Health policy package, from 9 to 11.50 am.

    The specific Report inside which was hidden the controversial Amendment is due to be debated between 11 and 12 am.

    So that more last-minute Surprises may not be excluded a priori...

    Particularly at the present Historic moment, when even the Institutional Future of the EU depends on the result of a second Referendum on "Lisbon Treaty", later this year, in ...Ireland, a mainly Catholic country, where People are particularly sensitive in such kind of socio-cultural and values issues...
 

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