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Radio studio destroyed in arson attack

A Brazilian radio station critical of local authorities had its studio burned down by two armed men on 8 February, report the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI) and ARTICLE 19.

Based in Coari in Amazonas state, the station had recently reported on a delay in paying the town's employees and announced that an upcoming show would cover politics "more vehemently," reports ABRAJI. This is the third time the station has been set on fire. Owner and director-president Aguinaldo Medes told ABRAJI, "I cannot accuse anyone, but every time a subject regarding the administration is mentioned, someone tried to set the radio station on fire." The mayor has filed three lawsuits against the station.

ARTICLE 19 reports that threats and attacks against the press and broadcasters are more common in northern and remote regions of Brazil.

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    The owner of Rádio Nova Coari suspects the attack was motivated by the station's reports on Mayor Arnaldo Mituoso's administration.

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