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

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Wednesday, July 27, 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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Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, speaking  to "EuroFora", denied rumors on Turkey's attempts to avoid an EU check of its obligations on Cyprus on December 2009 by blackmailing Nicosia to either accept any deal with intransigeant Turkish claims contrary to EU values on the island's political issue, or face threats against the territorial integriy of the EU island, semi-occupied by Ankara's army.

On the contrary, the incoming EU President-in-office, speaking exclusively to "EuroFora", promissed that he will act for EU Council's decisions on December 2009 assessment of Turkey's commitments on Cyprus to be kept.


    Bildt was asked to react to Cyprus' President Christofias' denunciation, earlier this week, that some want to exert "pressure" on Cyprus in order for Turkey to escape from its obligations.

    Avoiding to mention any precise Deadline, Bildt, however, warned about "Consequences" in case of "failure" to reunite Cyprus, but without saying whose responsibility an eventual deadlock might be.  

 Asked by "EuroFora" if there is a risk for "Turkey's commitments to "be forgotten or downgraded", "despite crystal-clear EU Council decisions and EU Parliament's latest Resolution on the assessment to make at the end of this year on Turkey's obligations", according to rumours that, instead of pressing Turkey, on the contrary, there might be "pressure on Cyprus", even "blackmail", as Media reported and President Christofias denounced this week, Bildt denied :

- "No ! ", he clearly replied.


- On the contrary, invited by "EuroFora", to "reassure that the Swedish EU Presidency (7-12/2009) will keep a fair stance, based on principles",  Bildt promised that "we (Swedish EU Presidency) will be very clear on all of the decisions taken by the (EU) Council".

He added, however, that "we have very numerous decisions that have been taken" by EU Council, as if he warned, also, on something else.

- "'I am not aware of any sort of statements coming out today''", Bildt started to say, on our reference to Cyprus' President Christofias" denunciation of Turkish lobby's manoeuvers this week, replying earlier to 'another"EuroFora"'s question during a Press Conference at EU Parliament in Strasbourg.


 - '"I know the issues that you' are concerned with'", he added, remembering  the statements he gave us when Sweden was chairing the PanEuropean CoE on 2008.

- "But, obviously, .. I think that Cyprus' Peace negotiations are extremenly important".

- And "'I think that we are at a unique moment in History, in the sens that both (Cyprus') President Christofias and Mr. Talat (the Turkish Cypriot leader), are personally convinced of the need to overcome the division".

 - "It's 20 Years since the fall of Berlin Wal, but we still have a Capital in Europe (Nicosia) that's divided". ,

- 'I don't that we should loose any time in overcoming that"..

 - ''We should be aware of the fact that success will bring great benefits, but failure, will also have major consequences. There will not be Status Quo' " It's a question of seeking a solution, or entering another situation, which is somewhat difficult to see exactly how that could evolve", he warned.

- "That being said, this is a negotiation for Cyprus itself", Bildt admitted.

 - ''We (EU) can support, the (EU) Commission primarily, be technically helpful, and then, of course, there is a specific role for the UN, when it comes to the Cyprus' situation".  

- "At least so far. It might not be for ever'. Certainly not for ever, but for this period of time", Bildt added, skiping now any reference to concrete threats on UNO's Peace keeping force in face of more than 40.000 Ankara's soldiers, contrary to some Press claims, (See previous NewsReports).


     Replying to another "EuroFora"'s Question,  if anyone might attempt to "impose a Deadline for the conclusion" of Cyprus' Talks on December 2009, Bildt avoided to speak of any precise Time-frame, and indirectly evoked the fact that  35 Years of Turkish Invasion/Occupation obviously durated too long :

'- "If I was from Cyprus, I would say that the Deadline was Yesterday ! '",
Bildt concluded.

Cyprus' Government Spokesman, Stephanou, reportedly pointed out that "a settlement is possible on December if Turkey changes its stance", accepting a solution for the reunification of the island based on UNO resolutiona and EU principles.

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Earlier, EU Chair, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeld, highlighted an "historic opportunity" to "re-Unite" Cyprus according to EU's "basic Values"' (i.e. Human Rights) and 'Rules'", in a last-minute change of his draft speech to EU Parliament in Strasbourg.

    The initial Draft spoke only about "healing" the island.

    Significantly, Reinfeldt linked Cyprus' reunification with Turkey's obligations to respect EU's "Values" and "follow" EU's "common Rules" :

    - What is "called Membership Negotiations" should lead, "at- the end of the day", into "sharing a set of common Basic Values (i.e. Human Rights, Democracy, etc), and following common Rules", stressed Reinfeld from the outset.
    
    - "This is something that those on the Outside (of the EU), are now  contemplating", up "to Ankara", for "a solution" on "Cyprus", observed the EU Chairman, immediately afterwards..  

    - "Both sides of Cyprus have been granted a historic opportunity to together reach an agreement on a solution to re-Unite the island, that has been divided for far too long", said Reinfeldt, modifying his draft text.


-  "The Swedish Presidency will act ...in accordance with Commitments EU has made, on the basis of Criteria that apply", "as a Honest Broker", he promised.    

- "To those on the inside (of the EU), allowing the membership process to become an opportunity to solve protracted disputes, can be tempting", he added.


    "In such cases, we must find solutions that can benefit both sides, and open up a way forward. Otherwise, it would jeopardize the progress we have made towards EU integration", Reinfeldt said.

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