"A report in the Folha de São Paulo showed that military police (PMs) are among the suspects in the murder of journalist Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho. He was shot to death on May 5 in Porto Ferreira, 228 km north of the city of São Paulo."
FENAJ, the national journalists' union, does not believe Mr. Barbon's murder should be treated as the murder of a journalist, because he was not licensed to practice the profession, which requires a degree from a n accredited college-level technical course.
The Brazilian Supreme Court recently ruled that prosecutions for practicing journalism without a license from the State are unconstitutional.
Brazil's principal journalists' union — led by editors from TV Globo — is outraged by that decision. They want the dictatorship-era Press Law of 1967 left on the books. And enforced. With extreme prejudice.
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