May 1, 1995, in Rio Verde, Brazil
The police officer, Gláucio dos Reis Santana, confessed to the killing, claimed it was in self-defense, and surrendered to the police a few days after the crime. In the last edition of his paper, Borges had denounced the regional police chief, who is a close friend of dos Reis. Local sources told CPJ that the regional police chief's wife accompanied dos Reis when he murdered Borges. At year's end, dos Reis and the police chief's wife were free on bail awaiting trial, but the chief has not been charged in connection with the murder. Instead, he and several other officers who had been criticized in Borges' articles were transferred to another city.
Job: Publisher / Owner
Beats Covered: Corruption, Human Rights
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials
Taken Captive: No