Journalist Who Exposed Politicians Having Sex with Minors Is Murdered in Brazil

Porto Ferreira, São Paulo, Brazil, city council The Brazilian journalist, who four years ago denounced a scheme to lead minor girls into prostitution in Porto Ferreira, a small city in the interior of São Paulo state, Brazil, was shot to death Saturday night, May 5. He was drinking with a friend at the outside tables of a Porto Ferreira bar when he was murdered.

Luiz Carlos Barbon Filho, 37. who was nominated for an Esso Prize – the most prestigious award given journalists in Brazil – had been receiving death threats since he uncovered the scandal involving politicians and other influential men in the 55,000-residents town.

The police still don't have suspects, but are working with the hypothesis that the newspaperman's death is related to his line of work.

Eduardo Henrique Campos, Porto Ferreira's chief of police, told reporters that Barbon had a column in the local newspaper and had made several enemies. He was pressured to close his own newspaper, which was called Realidade and was published in Porto Ferreira.

He thought about moving to another city but he loved the place and ended up deciding that leaving would be a bad move for his career. He wrote columns for two newspapers in town: JC Regional and Jornal do Porto. He was also a contributor for Radio Porto FM.

"He might have been murdered," said chief Campos, "due to some new information he has been working on and that was bothering someone, but it also might be something from the past."

In August 2003, the journalist unveiled the corruption of minors story, a scheme that implicated five councilmen, four businessmen and a waiter. At the time all of these men were arrrested and charged with promoting and taking part in parties with minor girls who were paid to have sex with them in nearby country houses.

Barbon was shot twice. The police have already three witnesses, including friend Alcides Marcí­lio Catarino, who was with him and was also hit by a bullet's fragments.  The journalist's wake was in Porto Ferreira, but he was buried yesterday afternoon in the municipal cemetery of his nearby hometown of Tambaú.

According to witnesses, two hooded men riding a motorcycle and wearing black clothes were responsible for the crime. The man who was on the rear jumped from the moto, got close to the journalist and shot twice. The shots hit the man's leg and abdomen. Barbon was taken to the emergency room but couldn't resist the wounds. 

The murdered journalist's widow, Cátia Rosa Camargo, revealed that the husband had been receiving repeated anonymous death threats through letters and phone calls. To get rid of the constant harassment Barbon had disconnected his fixed line phone and used only a cellular.

Besides Cátia, the newspaperman leaves two children he had with her: Juliana, 14 and Luiz Felipe, 10.

"He was very polemic," said the wife. "He used to denounce and to name the names of all the people he denounced. So much so that he ended fighting with a councilman he had attacked." And she asks for justice: "I hope that justice will find and punish those responsbile for my husband's death."

Of all people denounced by Barbon in 2003 only waiter Walter Mafra remains in jail. One of the businessmen charged ran away and was never caught.

Businessman Luiz Dozzi Tezza served only two of his six-year sentence. Former councilmember Luiz Mantovani Borceda was released on parole. He will be able to serve the remaining of his nine-year sentence in freedom.

Councilman Luí­s César Lanzoni, sentenced to 45 years in jail – later reduced to 10 years – for the crime, was re-elected in 2004, while still serving time. He was one of the best vote-getters. Lanzoni is already back in office after being released from prison in November of last year.


  • Show Comments (18)

  • Magal

    Porto Ferreira this is its face
    Well, I live in the city of Porto Ferreira, was born here and creci tenhoa and what to say is what the press shows does not correspond to a third of the truth of what happens in my city.
    They should investigate well as the real culprits are released.
    Well, justice in Brazil is not blind nor deaf …

  • killabrazuca

    brazilians are stinkers
    i hate the way these ugly reptile dangerous fuckers are coming to europe get fucking rid of these brasilian shitbags everyone hates the fuckjers

  • Ric

    I am amazed at the recent copy-cat denial of the murder of the Armenians by the Turks, about 100 years ago. In this case, I have several friends whose families were wiped out, and no amount of revisionism can change the facts. Nor can it change the facts of the holocaust in Europe.

    A professor of mine spent several years in Israel in the 60À‚´s as a director of a college there. I asked him how the 6 million number was calculated. One way but not the only way, said he, was that the population numbers of Jews in Europe before the war were well known. City by city. As were the numbers after the war. As were the number of Jews who had relocated. Six million are missing, where then did the six million go?

  • bo

    another halfbaked conspiracy theory idiot!
    Yeah, ok, the holocaust was all a hoax. Tell that to the american soldiers that were there and arrived in Aushwitz and other death camps at the end of the war.

    What a fucking idiot, and pedophile to boot. Must be our ole friend E Sodomy.

  • french

    hey bo another brainwahed scnoook
    did you know that the auswitch number went from over 4 million killed to a plaque which says 1.1 million or less know….

    what hapened to the other 3 million killed ..
    poof nothing
    the story still continues and why
    because of geopolitics ,to emasculate anyone with a voice agaisnt anything israel or jewsih power monsters by calling them racist
    by stealing billions of dollars from countries to repay for these supposed crimes.
    by passing laws around the world that anyone who even tell the truth about the numbers killed are a lie and putting them in jail.

    Bo did you know that the ukranian jews KHAZAR killed i mean massacred 5500 bwoman ,babys ,boys and men before the germans ever did anything to provoke the germans into war ,this was in northern part along poland ..look it up
    did you know that much of the jews who were killed were sephardic jews the true authentic one s to the biblical abraham..
    did you know israel sterilised over 100000 kids in israel of sephardic lineage..
    did you know that the lebanon war was started by israely soldiers going into lebanon and trying to assinate lebanese heads and wer ecaught by lebanene soldiers ,,this was the total reverse of the story israel used of course to start the slaghter…

    did you know a pipeline of oil was suposed to go to lebanon before the war and this was the reason why they did this or one of them and know it is going to israel …

    point being BOOOO wake the hell up ,,
    stop watching mainstream media and papers .branch out and read on the internet from real sources backed up with proof….

    if you want to cry about truth then make sure it is truth all over the board ..

  • french

    The Franklin Sex Scandal jose are you totally innocent or just another idiot planted disinfo
    The Franklin Sex Scandal
    i suggest you go here and watch the whole video Franklin Sex Scandal

    it is about in washington when vp Bush at that time was caught in a sting of a pedophile ring which was used to then blackmail senators and othe rpoweer brokers to which is still being done today to force them to vote for the ZOG occupied governemnt …
    it was printed on front page of washington times but all of fbi agents were ordered around country to buy all the papers and destroy them…

    this story involved young kids like your story and cronkite and other heros of yours covered it up …

    pls wake up from your innocence

    the media around the world is owned by zionist and corporation to only give out pre approved stories to keep the people under there dream state…

  • João Pinga

    Very sick
    [quote]Any attempt at rational discussion as demonstrated by Mr. Pingo is quickly shut down and disregarded. [/quote]

    Sorry Stevie-poo, donˢ۪t come here with your crocodiles tears seeking sympathy because big old bad Pingo verbally took a pedophile defender to task. The follow up responses from Ric and Bo serve amply enough to gauge just how little support, and even less respect, you have.

    If I were you, IÀ¢€™d shut up now go to the phone book and seek professional psychiatric help. Better yet, turn yourself into the police before you harm anyone.

  • bo

    Was the knowledge of the holocaust..
    an invasion of privacy?? Should the world have left the germans alone to exterminate the jews? I mean, afterall, it was none of anyone’s business, n’eh Steve?

  • bo

    you are sick…
    to say it is a matter of “privacy” to have sex with 11 year old children?? It’s a crime you sick mutherfucker and a dollar to a doughnut your a pedophile!

  • Ric

    I think youÀ‚´re sick.

  • Steve

    Snitch not an appropriate word
    My apologies for using disrespectful etymology, but my opinion does not change. These types of journalists have little or no respect for any reasonable limits on privacy, I stand by that.

    My belief is that the age limit should be lowered to a more resonable age, at least 16 as it is in Europe, and I also believe that this issue is the popular witch hunt of the moment, to whichvarious divergent groups benefit. Any attempt at rational discussion as demonstrated by Mr. Pingo is quickly shut down and disregarded. And whether or not I have a ‘bug up my ass’ is immaterial. No, I do not wish that Brasil become the moral backward country that the US is, but that is immaterial. Is there respect in journalism, is there any limit? Or is the quest to gain publicity, limelight, and sensationalism the litmus test for respectability these days? Oh, and I guess that it is inappropriate to use slang because some rap groups use the same word.

  • u.s.guest

    Truly Tragic
    Brazil you deserve and live up to your reputation in the world … as a corrupt, crime infested,immoral, third world hell hole!!!!!

  • ch.c.

    Lets face it……
    …in Brazil…..
    those who want justice are usually killed.

    And who protect the killers ? The Brazilian Justice !!!!

    And those who do not want justice ? They are elected and re-elected !
    And who protect them ? The Brazilian (IN)justice .

    Quite normal in third world countries such as Brazil !

  • Ric

    The term “snitch” has been pre-empted by the rap and hip-hop culture. In American inner cities today, no one saw nuthin, heard nuthin, knows nuthin. No witness protection program, no promises by the authorities, nuthinÀ‚´, can provide safety for the informant/witness. Especially since they almost invariably refuse to leave their old neighborhoods.

  • João PInga

    How dare you decide what is and what is NOT journalism? Or for that matter, who can and cannot be called a journalist? Do you really think it is the work of a À¢€œsnitchÀ¢€Â to report on and bring down an organized ring of pedophiles that included prominent businessmen, and local politicians? A snitch you call him? Would you have turned your back on these children to continued seeking out stories of À¢€œdog bites manÀ¢€Â for your Pulitzer?

    Murrow & Cronkite are well known historical figures in US journalism, and were aprt of the gentlemen age of journalism, but if you think for a second Murrow or Cronkite would have sat on their asses and protected (through their silence) this sick ring of perverts you are sorely mistaken. Weˢ۪re not talking about a president in the 60s having an affair or a fling when routinely journalists would turn a blind eye, these were orchestrated parties drugging children, some only 11 (thatˢ۪s ELEVEN), and prostituting them off to prominent business people and city councilors. You donˢ۪t get sent to prison for 45 years for fling.

    Journalism is about shinning a bring light in the darker corners of society and exposing the grime. That is exactly what Barbon did. Not only would I classify Barbon as journalist, but a fine investigative journalist at that. He wasnÀ‚´t sitting waiting at the delegacia looking for occurrence handouts like most lazy hacks, he broke the story for the police. You donÀ¢€™t get nominate for an ESSO award just for being a snitch.

    It seems to me that you have a bug up your ass because this À¢€˜snitchÀ¢€Â closed down one of you favorite party scenes, however given there are a few journalists of BarbonÀ¢€™s ilk brave enough to risk their lives exposing the trash in Brazil, youÀ¢€™ll probably be able to find another venue for your sick perversion easy enough.

  • ch.c.

    But in Brazil……
    ….politicians are the ones who have Total Impunity !

    Thus proofs, revelations, must be destroyed….one way or the other.

    Sadly this is a brazilian daily lifestyle.

  • Steve

    Wrong to kill journalists, wrong to have no limits
    While killing journalists is wrong under any circumstances, this modern breed of snitch/ denouncing ‘jouranlists’ deserve little or no respect, whether in Brasil or the Cris Hanson types in the US.

    Aside from promoting witch hunting, there is no propriety or respect left in these type of snitching sensasionalist types that masquerade as journalists to acquire respectability. Sirs, these types are not the ilk or likes of Edward Murrow, William Shirer or Walter Cronkite, or even for that matter the calibre of the type the Globe used to have in it’s earlier days. I regret his death or any one by murder , but I for one cannot condone a snitch, and as far as DENOUNCING goes, just remember Europe 60 years ago. My condolences to the man, not the ‘journalist’.

  • hhh1200

    Wow! These guys can mess with little girls and still get their jobs back, and the guy who exposes them is given a final call. 🙁

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