A BRAZILIAN Radio host who was openly critical of his nation’s Government has been assassinated during a live broadcast.
Gleydson Carvalho, from the north Brazilian state of Ceará, was an outspoken personality who frequently railed against official corruption on Rádio Liberdade FM.
During his most recent show on Thursday afternoon, he was killed in his chair by two gunmen who forced their way into the radio station.
According to local media, the assassins overpowered a receptionist before forcing their way into Carvalho’s recording studio, where they shot him three times, once in the head and twice in the chest. He reportedly died a short while after, en route to hospital.
Mr Carvalho was playing music at the time of the shooting.
“Today they silenced one of the most important voices of our region, in a tragic and unnecessary way,” said a statement posted online by the Brazilian city of Camocim, from where Mr Carvalho broadcast his show.
The host had previously received death threats on his Facebook page and had told friends of receiving death threats while at work. He was highly critical of the local government and commonly spoke of political corruption during his show.
His murder is the third killing of a Brazilian journalist this year, and the 16th assassination of a reporter since 2011, according to The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). (news.com)