Country/area: Brazil

Organisation: Record TV

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 12/09/2021

Credit: Pablo Toledo, Gustavo Costa, Cristiane Massuyama, Marcelo Magalhães, Mateus Munin, Priscilla Grans, Giselle Barbieri, Marcus Reis, Leonardo Medeiros, Mariana Ferreira, Thiago Contreira, Clóvis, Aline Sordili, Marcelo Trindade, Antonio Guerreiro


 Journalist with 17 years of experience in television, passing through largest broadcasters in the country. He has worked in the production of documentaries and series on the following topics: public security, violence, organized crime and drug trafficking. Since 2009 he has been on Record TV, participated in the main and most important journalistic coverage of Record's television news TV. He is currently an Investigative Reporter at the Special Reports Nucleus, in the same broadcaster.

Project description:

 The documentary showed the reality of the most violent cities in Brazil. In the state of Ceará, the war between the factions has changed the lives of residents who have nothing to do with the dispute. Entire families are driven from their homes by traffickers. Weekly, youths are sentenced and cruelly killed by the rival faction. In the state of Bahia, death caused by those who should protect. Families marked by grief and the revolt of losing a relative during a police action. In the state of Sergipe, the increase in femicide and domestic violence during the pandemic.

Impact reached:

 After the documentary, all the cases presented were investigated by the Public Ministry of each State. And the perpetrators of the crimes identified

Techniques/technologies used:

 The states of Ceará, Bahia and Sergipe lead the category of Intentional Violent Deaths per 100,000 inhabitants in Brazil, recorded throughout 2020. According to the Public Security Yearbook, they recorded a rate of 45.2 and 44.9, 42, 6 respectively. The data are from the 15th yearbook of the FBSP (Brazilian Public Security Forum). The cases considered Intentional Violent Deaths (MVI) by the yearbook are: intentional homicide (when there is an intention to kill), femicide, bodily harm followed by death, robbery (theft with death) and murders resulting from police intervention. According to information from the survey, the MVI rate grew by 4% in the country. The average was 23.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. In Brazil, the profile of victims is black (76.2%), young (54.3%) and male (91.3%). With the data obtained from the yearbook, it was possible to make a ranking of the most violent Brazilian municipalities. Eight of the ten cities with the highest rates of intentional violent deaths in the country are located in metropolitan regions around four capital cities in the Northeast. The cities have in common, in addition to their proximity to the capital, that they are medium-sized municipalities with high population density (all of them have more than 100,000 inhabitants) and a precarious social and urban structure. At least 6,122 children and adolescents were intentionally and violently killed in Brazil in 2020, an increase of 3.6% compared to the 5,912 cases recorded in the previous year. There are 12,034 Brazilians who did not reach adulthood because of violence, which represents an average of 17 official cases per day over the years 2019 and 2020. Victims, in general, have a profile: they are boys and blacks. The crime that killed the most people under the age of 19 in 2020 was intentional homicide (82.4% of cases).

What was the hardest part of this project?

 The hardest part of the documentary was convincing the victims or their families to record a statement. They are people who do not feel protected by the police or justice in Brazil.

What can others learn from this project?

 Violence is not just in the capitals. Small towns can register serious cases that do not come to the attention of the general public. With that, he created a dictatorship of silence and impunity.

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