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Judge bans broadcast of report on accident

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 11 January 2009, Judge Pedro Sakamoto forbade TV Record News station from broadcasting a report about a traffic accident which took place on 8 January in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso state, in western Brazil. The ruling responded to a request made by Daniel Lima Ramalho, copilot of a car that crashed against a motorbike, wounding a father and his son.

The judge accepted Ramalho's request because the TV station stated that he was the driver of the vehicle that had caused the accident.

The report had already been broadcasted on the day of the accident, but the judge forbade it from being broadcasted again. In the video footage, Ramalho can be seen snatching the microphone of the station's reporter, Joelma Pontes de Moraes, on noticing that he was being taped by the press. Pontes de Moraes filed a complaint at the police station.

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