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Police detain television crew in Belém, seize camera

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 25 April 2007, journalist Célia Pinho, cameraman Edílson Matos and chauffeur Marcelo Silva, who work for the television station Record Regional/Marajoara, were detained for six hours at the local headquarters of the federal police in the city of Belém, located in the department of Pará in northern Brazil. They were held on the orders of police officer Alessandro Dantas de Oliveira. Their camera was also seized, but was returned to them when they were released.

The detention took place when the journalists were interviewing a group of students from the Grão Pará school and their parents about the 24 April fatal shooting by De Oliveira of a person suspected of robbing a nearby school; the crew was seeking out public opinion on the incident.

This alert was prepared by IPYS with information provided by the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association (Associação Brasileira de Jornalismo Investigativo, ABRAJI).

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