Eu Sou Metzker

Yet another fatal attack on a blogger. This one, Evany José Metzker.

Evany José Metzker

Evany José Metzker

Metzker was known for his in-depth investigations of political corruption in Brazil and also for his blog titled ‘Coruja do Vale’ (The Owl of the Valley). He was found late Monday in the poverty-stricken town of Padre Paraíso located in the northeast state of Minas Gerais. Various local media outlets report that Metzker was stripped half naked, decapitated, with his hands tied behind his back. His body had clear signs of torture, and his head, located almost 330 feet away from his body, had been scalped.

Metzker was missing for several days and colleagues state that he was in the Minas Gerais region investigating child prostitution and drug trafficking rings. His credit cards, check book and ID were all found near his body, suggesting this was a crime of intimidation or retaliation. Metzker received death threats before, though it’s unclear if any were related to his current investigation.

According to Reporters without Borders, behind Mexico and Colombia, Brazil is ranked as the third most dangerous country for journalists in Latin America. (http://en.rsf.org/ameriques-infographic-the-deadliest-30-09-2014,47028.html) Today, the news of blogger Evany José Metzker’s murder is a gruesome reminder of how real the threats are in a country many associate with only cold caipirinhas and a sunny Copacabana.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. Brazil, Latin America’s most populous country with over 200 million, faces an extremely turbulent future so long as the climate of the free press has a cloud of barbaric terror looming over it. Rest in Slack Mr. Metzker, the latest blogger to give his life in the name of freedom of expression.

I sincerely hope that a dozen Brazilian bloggers rise to duplicate his efforts. Let them try and blow out the candle of the free press — and let that wind just fan the flames higher. See Why you should speak up for slain blogger.

3 Responses to Eu Sou Metzker

  1. I’m reminded of the week I first talked to you, Randazza, when you (lucky, lucky, lucky me) took the case against the TSA worker, Thedala Magee, who was not satisfied with violating my Fourth Amendment rights but also wanted to yank away my First Amendment rights.

    I was at an alt weeklies conference that week, and a newspaper editor from Venezuela spoke there about his and his colleagues fight for free speech. One of his colleagues had all his fingers and toes chopped off. And he, like his colleagues, went in knowing the dangers.

    Here in America, we don’t stand up for our rights in even small ways. My blood boils as I see the sheep going through the TSA line, politely yes-ma’am and yessir-ing those who earn money for violating our bodies and rights — and even more obscenely, in a show of pretend security.

    People in America will sometimes tell me I’m “brave” for standing up. Sure I did something — but all I did was cry at the TSA line and blog about it and then hold my ground (thanks to you). It’s a far, far cry from the peril people in other countries put themselves in for free speech. But disgustingly, people here can’t be bothered, can’t deal with the slightest bit of discomfort, to protest even in small ways that in no way jeopardize their physical safety.

    These people are the little helpers of the police state. Please, everybody, take an immigrant’s look at the freedoms we have in this country. See them through the eyes of somebody who grew up in the USSR, Venezuela, or Cuba, and stop taking them for granted.

  2. Admin says:

    Reblogged this on Cyber Report and commented:
    Bravo to Marc Randazza for highlighting this tragedy and follow his link at the end to “Why you should speak up for slain blogger.”.

  3. Investigative journalists often put themselves at risk while providing the vital service they perform. It is always tragic when speech, particularly such vital speech as this but really any speech even that which is loathsome, is answered with violence.

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