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Brazil’s judges living in fear of organized crime violence

Brazil's judges living in fear of organized crime violence
Montage using photo by Fellip Agner/Shutterstock

On February 12, Brazilian journalist Léo Veras was assassinated by masked hitmen at his home in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero. Mr. Veras—who ran a news website covering stories about the drug trade—became the tenth journalist assassinated in the Brazil-Paraguay border region since 1991. While the case raised questions about press freedoms in South America, it also shed light on a wider issue: the threat posed by organized crime to journalists, activists, and judges.


According to the National Justice Council (CNJ)—a body that acts as a watchdog for the Brazilian judicial system—at least 110 judges are currently...

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