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Threatened Folha Reporter Comes Home


Death-dealing imagery from Facebook page of Col. Telhada

Source: Portal IMPRENSA
Translation: C. Brayton

On Sunday, December 12, Folha de S.Paulo reporter André Caramante announced on his Facebook profile that he was returning from exile. The reporter, who covers the police and justice beat, had left the country for three months after being threatened in connection with stories he had published about the former ROTA commander and city councilmember-elect Paulo Telhada.

In July of this year, Caramante published an article in which he said that the former commander of the elite police patrol, Col. Paulo Telhada, a candidate at that time for the city council of São Paulo, incited violence on his  Facebook page. The journalist later decided to leave Brazil after he and his sons were targeted by threats.

In a related story, the opposition PSDB is trying to seat the newly elected Col. Telhada — a man fond of citing his 39 official kills during his career as a trooper — on the Human Rights Committee of the city legislature.

In his note, Caramante thanked readers for their messages of support, which gave his “strength to carry on.”

“To everyone who supported us during our three months away from Brazil, I thank you. Every message of support gave me the strength to carry on. ….”